Pompey boss eyes five signings

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Steve Cotterill wants to bring in five more players this summer.

The Blues boss has been busy in the transfer market, with David Norris, Jason Pearce, Luke Varney, Stephen Henderson and Greg Halford already recruited to the ranks.

But while the situation is looking far more healthy than it did this time last year, Cotterill has pinpointed another five additions before the transfer window closes at the end of August.

One of those targets is believed to be Burnley forward Martin Paterson, although Clarets boss Eddie Howe insisted he was not for sale yesterday.

But Cotterill hinted a bid was on the table for an unidentified target, and also started the ball rolling on securing loan recruits – but believes it is unlikely any new signings will join the club in time to fly out on the pre-season USA tour tomorrow morning.

Cotterill said: ‘We would have liked to have had a few more bodies in by now but they have got to be the right ones.

‘August 30 is a long way away for that deadline so it would be nice if we had them on board for the start of the season but that might be dictated to us by other clubs rather than ourselves.

‘We’re a little bit disappointed we are not another couple of players down the line but it’s hard.

‘It’s hard enough getting one player in. We’ve brought in five and that was hard enough – let alone 10.

‘We probably need another five.

‘I wouldn’t have thought we will have anyone new in for America now. I think that’s highly unlikely.

‘It’s a blow because we would have liked to have had them on the plane with us but we have to bear in mind that they may not join us at all.’

Asked if there were any bids in for players at the moment, Cotterill simply replied: ‘There may be.’

Cotterill boosted his threadbare resources in the loan market last season, with Halford, Ibrahima Sonko, Carl Dickinson, Ritchie de Laet, Jonathan Hogg and David Cotterill playing important roles over the course of the season.

And with Halford already secured on a permanent deal and de Laet opting to join Norwich City for the season, Cotterill has no plans to return for any of the other loanees from last term.

He said: ‘Loans would be involved in those five players we’re looking to bring in.

‘There’s not a bottomless pit of money where we can buy players.

‘We might find we can afford to buy only one more player. That will evolve over time.

‘But I don’t honestly know the answer to that at the moment.

‘I’m on it now with looking at possible loans. There is a potential signing at the moment. But it’s nobody from last season.’