Pompey hopeful of landing striker

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Pompey striker Conor Chaplin struggles to hide his disappointment

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Pompey are still keen on landing non-league teenage star Dan Thompson.

Michael Appleton is looking to conclude a deal for the Hampton & Richmond striker.

Thompson has generated interest from a host of Premier League clubs after delivering a string of impressive performances.

He’s also become his team’s youngest-ever goalscorer at 17.

Liverpool, Newcastle, QPR, Stoke and Crystal Palace have all shown interest in the young talent.

But Pompey are favourites to seal a deal for the player, after Thompson impressed while training with the Blues.

He has been working with the Academy team under the eyes of Andy Awford, with youth supremo Awford relaying positive reports on his quality to Appleton.

Appleton explained earlier this month a move was on the backburner, with Pompey facing more pressing off-the-field problems. But the Blues manager has revealed he would still be keen on bringing the player in.

Appleton sees Thompson as a longer-term investment, however, rather than one to be thrown into the first-team equation now.

He said: ‘I have actually seen Danny twice in training and they were only for small spells.

‘Andy Awford has obviously seen him a lot more than I have and speaks highly of him, so maybe that is an opportunity. But we’ve got the likes of Marko (Futacs), Luke Varney, Kits, Benjani and Kanu as well, so, in the striking department, it’s not a main one.

‘If I am going to look at young players, Danny is one for the future rather than the here and now.’

Appleton pointed to Marko Futacs as a player who would be ahead of Thompson in the pecking order should he arrive.

Futacs, 21, would offer evidence to Thompson that Appleton gives young talent a chance, however.

Appleton said: ‘We have a good striker in Marko.

‘I see something in the kid maybe other managers and coaches didn’t or might not have wanted to see because of his age.

‘All I have done is shown belief in him.’