Pompey in race to recruit loan target

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Pompey are closing in on their first loan signing of the season.

But Steve Cotterill doesn’t expect the move for the unnamed Premier League player to happen until after the weekend.

Blues chief executive David Lampitt is currently attempting to secure the emergency loan deal.

It is a different player Cotterill had previously chased, which was believed to be Aston Villa’s Chris Herd.

Time is running out for Pompey’s current target to be available for tomorrow’s visit of Blackpool.

The Blues have until three hours before kick-off to register a loan signing.

And Cotterill is hoping his chief executive can get the signing over the line in time.

He said: ‘There is one I left with David on Wednesday, so it is with him at this moment.

‘It has been sorted out. I’ve spoken to the agent and the player wants to come.

‘David has just got to sort out the finer details.

‘I was hoping that maybe something could have got sorted Wednesday and we could have got the lad down yesterday for training. But that hasn’t materialised yet.

‘It is one I would like for tomorrow but it doesn’t look like that will happen at this moment in time.

‘The lad is not quite as flexible as our last target but he can fill more than one role.

‘I’ve left that one with David. Hopefully, we can get him over the line.’

Cotterill has made no secret of his desire to strengthen his squad.

A full-back and a creative midfielder are top of his list as he scours the loan market.

He is also eager for a goal scorer, although is unlikely to be able to get one in on loan.