POMPEY have not pulled out of their pursuit of Michael Doyle.
The experienced midfielder remains in manager Paul Cook’s thoughts, despite missing out on the Blues’ trip to Portugal.
He is a fantastic player and a fantastic role model for younger lads, his professionalism speaks for itself. He is a stand-out professional.Paul Cook
After training with Pompey on Thursday, the former Sheffield United man dropped out of flying to Vale de Lobo at the last minute as the club couldn’t offer him a contract.
With too many central midfielders currently on the Blues’ books, Cook felt unable to seal a deal.
However, the Pompey boss is adamant he would still love to sign Doyle.
‘We’ve been having talks with Michael Doyle about coming in,’ said Cook.
‘He is a fantastic player and a fantastic role model for younger lads, his professionalism speaks for itself. He is a stand-out professional.
‘It is a case of just watch this space.
‘However, we have also got good lads in those areas at the minute and you have got to make sure your signings don’t suffocate the players you’ve got.
‘At the minute I didn’t feel we were in a position to agree a deal with the amount of central midfielders in the building, it is as simple as that.
‘For publicity, if we wanted to sign Michael we could agree a deal, but I don’t think it is the correct thing to do at this moment in time.
‘When you look at the balance of the squad I think it is important you get the balance right.
‘Certainly, signing too many players in an area can imbalance your squad.
‘Michael is very much on our radar, but should he chose to sign for someone we would respect that, without a doubt.’
Meanwhile, it is understood Pompey are not seeking to sign Leyton Orient striker David Mooney.