Pompey go to work on bringing loan stars back

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Pompey have started work on seeing their loan stars return.

The News understands the Blues want to see three of last season’s temporary additions return to Fratton Park.

Steve Cotterill would like Jonathan Hogg, Greg Halford and Ritchie De Laet to come back to the club.

And they have started talks on all three fronts in their efforts to bring in the trio.

It appears unlikely the other players Pompey brought in on loan will be returning, though.

Ibrahima Sonko, Carl Dickinson and David Cotterill were all signed on loan last season to boost Pompey’s threadbare options.

But Cotterill will not focus on re-signing the Stoke City pair and the Swansea City winger.

Pompey face competition in their efforts to land Manchester United man de Laet.

The likes of newly-promoted Norwich City are keen on the Belgian international, who is entering the last year of his contract at Old Trafford.

It is a similar story for Halford. He has returned to Wolves – who sealed Premier League survival yesterday – and made it clear he wants to join Cotterill’s men on a permanent basis.

Hogg still has two years on his contract at Aston Villa after signing an improved deal last December.

David Lampitt has begun discussions with the clubs to bring the three players in.

Cotterill expects that work to accelerate with the Premier League campaign coming to a close yesterday.

Pompey are still waiting for the potential takeover of the Convers Sports Initiatives group to go through to allow work to begin on recruitment, though.

Terms have been agreed to bring in David Norris with his contract coming to a close at Ipswich.