Pompey back in for Jervis swoop

Jake Jervis, second right, in training with Pompey in November. Picture: Allan Hutchings (133013-583)
Jake Jervis, second right, in training with Pompey in November. Picture: Allan Hutchings (133013-583)
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Richie Barker is to reignite Pompey’s interest in Jake Jervis.

The striker is now finally recognised by Fifa as a free agent following his ongoing registration wrangle with Elazigspor.

That has alerted Barker, who plans talks with the 22-year-old’s agent over a deal for the ex-Blues loanee.

Unfortunately for Pompey, there will inevitably be plenty of competition for Jervis during the transfer window from League One and League Two clubs.

It’s a frustrating scenario – considering the striker was set to sign at Fratton Park permanently under Guy Whittingham in November having spent almost four weeks training with the Blues.

As it was, that was scuppered when his international clearance was rejected by Fifa.

The situation has now changed and Barker wants to revisit the former target of his managerial predecessor.

Barker said: ‘Jake Jervis is somebody I am aware of.

‘When I was at Bury and he was at Birmingham I contacted Lee Clark about him – and I know he has got history here at Portsmouth as well.

‘As far as I know he is available now.

‘It’s not as easy as that, though. International clearance would still be needed.

‘As we found out with getting Daniel Alfei from Swansea the other day, that can still take a little while to sort out.

‘Still, Jake ticks a lot of boxes in that he is young, athletic, enthusiastic, has something to prove and scores goals. Somebody who interests us.

‘I am due to speak to his agent over the next few weeks.’

In the past week Barker has recruited right-back Alfei on a month’s loan and renewed the contracts of Trevor Carson and Thery Racon.

The deals of Shaun Cooper and Marcos Painter are up this month, with their futures unclear.

Meanwhile, John Sullivan has today completed a loan move to Cambridge United until the end of the season.

That would free up more wages to spend on strengthening a team which has now slipped to 20th in the table following weekend results with the Blues out of action due to a waterlogged pitch.

As well as Jervis, Pompey are also interested in Bournemouth midfielder Wes Fogden.

And Barker is pleased with how his recruitment is presently shaping up.

He added: ‘It is going quite well.

‘It won’t happen overnight and some have been going on for a good few weeks.

‘We want to get these done sooner rather than later.

‘We’ve got a busy January and with games being called off and rescheduled, there’s no point waiting until the end of the month.

‘I am not sure how many players will come in. A big part of that is if the existing squad stay or leave and also working within budget.’