Pompey will find it hard to beat other interested parties to the signing of Eoin Doyle, according to Leam Richardson.
After reports linked the Cardiff City striker with a move to Fratton Park, the Blues assistant boss admitted the 27-year-old is someone manager Paul Cook would be keen to bring in – having worked with him at Chesterfield and Sligo Rovers.
The Irishman scored 25 goals in the first half of last season in League One to earn his move to the Championship.
He ended the season on 30 goals.
But he has made just two appearances in the Capital One Cup so far this season and Richardson believes there would be a queue of clubs lining up to sign him if he was made available.
Richardson said: ‘Eoin is a good player.
‘We’ve worked with him before and the gaffer has worked with him a few times.
‘He is one of those players the manager gets the best out of but I think we would be lucky to get Eoin Doyle.
‘He has worked hard to get a move to the Championship and I think he will want to knock around there for a little bit longer.
‘I think there would be a lot of interest in Eoin and we would always be interested.
‘But I think it would be unlikely to get him – yes.
‘I think there would be a bit of a pull from other clubs, financially, as well.’
Richardson also confirmed that no approach had been made.
He said: ‘We haven’t spoken to him or Cardiff.
‘He’s an honest kid and he gets you goals – that’s exactly what the manager wants.
‘People bang their heads against a brick wall with the lack of good, honest strikers.
‘But he certainly fits into that bracket.’