Pompey will lead emergency loan window scramble

Stoke City's Danny Pugh
Stoke City's Danny Pugh
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Ten Premier League footballers up for grabs.

That is the sum of players officially unwanted by their clubs following the naming of their 25-man squads for the 2011-12 season.

It will also be the first port of call for any Championship side eager to take advantage of the approaching emergency loan window.

And Pompey will be leading the way as Steve Cotterill seeks to strengthen a squad which now numbers 19.

All Premier League clubs had to submit their official squad list of up to 25 players on Friday evening.

A maximum of 17 of those were allowed to be non-homegrown.

In addition, they are entitled to use an unlimited number of players aged 21 or under.

Of the 20 top-flight clubs involved in such regulations, just Stoke and QPR left players out.

A flurry of new faces on transfer deadline day meant the Potters could omit Danny Collins, Tom Soares, Danny Pugh, Michael Tonge and Andrew Davies from their Premier League lists.

Similarly, Neil Warnock named Rob Hulse, Patrick Agyemang, Hogan Ephraim, Danny Shittu and Petter Vaagan Moen as being surplus to his team’s requirements.

None of those 10 players will be permitted to appear for their clubs until January at the very earliest, when the next round of squad lists have to be submitted.

They can then be updated, taking into account changes prompted by the transfer window.

In the meantime, the likes of Stoke and QPR will be eager to get Collins, Pugh, Tonge, Hulse and Co out on loan to get regular first-team football.

That prospect kicks off on Thursday, with the opening of the emergency loan window for the three divisions outside of the Premier League.

Lasting until November 24, it will provide the likes of Pompey with an opportunity to utilise a loan market they have yet to dip their toe into.

However, any player signed on an emergency loan may stay for a maximum of only 93 days.

Of course, those players who have been named in their club’s 25 can still be loaned out.

The likes of Ryan Bertrand and Chris Herd have long been linked with the Blues.

They have been selected by Chelsea and Aston Villa respectively in their squads.

Yet, there is nothing to prevent them moving into the Championship on a temporary basis.

Such avenues contain to remain open, irrespective of the 25-squad rule.

And Pompey may yet follow up any rumoured interest in such highly-regarded young talent.

What is a cast-iron certainty, however, is the availability of Pugh and Tonge.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis has spoken of his desire to loan the duo out along with Soares, Collins and Davies.

As most Blues fans will testify, the names of Pugh and Tonge have long been linked with a Fratton Park switch.

Pugh is a versatile player who can operate at left-back and on the left-hand side of midfield.

He has scored in Europe for Stoke this season and his omission was seen as something of a surprise considering his flexibility.

Former Sheffield United man Tonge has made just seven appearances for the Potters in the past two-and-a-half years. Although he can operate in the centre of the park, he is perceived as more of a right-sided midfielder.

Of the rest in the shop window at the Britannia Stadium, Soares is a right winger and Davies a right-back.

Then there is Wales international Collins – a central defender by preference yet regularly serves at left-back.

Such is the extent of the quintet’s plummet down Pulis’ first-team plans, the Stoke boss has named three long-term injured players ahead of them.

They are Danny Higginbotham (cruciate), Ricardo Fuller (Achilles) and Mamady Sidebe (Achilles).

As for Warnock’s five up for grabs, the vast majority of them represent areas Pompey are already well-stocked in.

Hulse and Agyemang are powerful centre forwards with genuine Championship credentials.

Ephraim is a pacy winger, while Shittu is an international central defender.

However, Vaagan Moen is a central midfielder – a position the Blues are looking to strengthen.

Of course, Pompey’s targets will become a lot clearer once Thursday’s window opens.

Fans can expect at least one Premier League player dropping down to move to Fratton Park.

What’s more, there continues to be plenty to choose from.