Pompey boss eyeing another striker

Paul Cook. Picture: Joe Pepler
Paul Cook. Picture: Joe Pepler
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PAUL COOK toasted the arrival of Michael Smith – and set his sights on another striker recruit.

Michael Smith yesterday became Pompey’s fifth signing of the summer following his move from Swindon for an undisclosed fee.

Another striker will come into the building, without a shadow of a doubt

Paul Cook

However, with transfer-listed Matt Tubbs having no future at Fratton Park, numbers remain short in attack.

Smith joins Conor Chaplin as Cook’s striking options for the forthcoming campaign.

Milan Lalkovic will also be arriving at the Blues, although is an attacking midfielder who primarily operates wide.

And Cook wants to add another forward to his ranks to bolster the latest promotion push.

He said: ‘We are after another striker, we certainly are.

‘Our supporters can be rest assured I don’t just want a team of midfielders!

‘I do like an attacking midfielder and there is also another deal done in that area which hasn’t been announced yet.

‘We feel we are making great progress with the squad, but in attack now have only Conor Chaplin and Michael Smith.

‘Another striker will come into the building, without a shadow of a doubt.

‘Michael has always been the first choice, we really like Marc McNulty and we really liked Caolan Lavery when he was here.

‘People talk about McNulty and there is no such thing as a dead deal and we have had lads here we like.

‘We are always after good players, that is the reality of this club.

‘We should never be in a position to say “That is us done”. I want us to be a club that is always after good players, if a good player comes on the market I want us involved.’