Who is Pompey target Duane Holmes?

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Pompey boss Paul Cook is keen on American-born attacking talent Duane Holmes, after his release by Huddersfield. Here is the lowdown on the 21-year-old.

Date of birth: November 6, 1994 (age 21)

Place of birth: Columbus, Georgia, United States

Height: 5ft 8in

Position: Midfielder

Foot: Right

Holmes was born Columbus in the United States but moved to Wakefield at the age of four and carries dual nationality, making him eligible for both USA and England.

The attacking midfielder was nominated for the Championship’s apprentice of the year three years ago - but lost out to Nottingham Forest’s Bulgarian keeper Dimitar Evtimov.

Talk of a move to Pompey first began to surface when Holmes followed Pompey on Twitter. He also follows Blues players Jack Whatmough and Ben Tollitt.

Holmes’ middle name is Octavious.

Huddersfield under-21 boss, Frankie Bunn, who once famously scored six goals in a 7-0 win over Scarborough, has backed Holmes’ potential and believes he can have an exciting career after leaving his club.

Holmes has been with Huddersfield since under-nine level and also played for junior outfits Kellingley Welfare and Normanton Athletic.

League One play-off finallists Barnsley are also said to be keen on the talent.

Huddersfield boss, David Wagner, praised Holmes after his arrival as boss but felt he needed to bring the talent he showed in training to games.

Holmes signed a professional contract for Huddersfield in 2013 and went on to make four starts and 22 sub appearances for the Terriers before being released at the end of this season.

The 21-year-old spent part of the 2013-14 season on loan at Yeovil making five starts. Holmes also had a temporary stint at Bury in the 2014-15 campaign, making six appearances off the bench.

Research by ARAN AGRAWAL