Fans were made to wait after teenager Liam Vincent became Pompey’s first signing of the summer at the start of the month – but it was worth it indeed.
Last week, the Blues announced a trio of fresh faces in Clark Robertson, Shaun Williams and Ryan Tunnicliffe.
They all share one thing in common – they’ve come to PO4 on free transfers from the Championship.
The triumvirtate were plying their trade in the second tier last season. Robertson was at Rotherham, Williams represented Millwall and Tunnicliffe featured for Luton.
Robertson and Williams had options to stay in the Championship but opted for Pompey.
Meanwhile, Tunnicliffe had been offered terms to stay at the Hatters yet also decided to drop to League One.
It certainly bodes well for the rest of Danny Cowley’s recruitment during the transfer window.
So what other free agents who were in the second tier last season are also available?
Here’s who could fit the bill for Pompey...
5. Dan Crowley
The attacking midfielder has always been highly rated, with Arsene Wenger pushing for Arsenal to sign him as a youngster. Crowley made 23 outings on loan at Hull during the second half of last season, which shows he might be willing to drop back down to League One after his Birmingham release.
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6. Sam Baldock
After missing out on Jayden Stockely, Danny Cowley may still be keen to sign another striker. Although Baldock failed to net for Reading last term before his exit, he plundered 26 goals the last time he was in the third tier.
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7. Hakeeb Adelakun
The winger spent the first half of last season at Hull, where he caught the eye with three goals in 17 games. However, Adelakun played just four times for Bristol City when recalled in January and was released. Pompey may be on the lookout for another wide man after Ryan Williams' exit.
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8. Tom Lees
Another experienced centre-half, if that's what Pompey covet. Lees made more than 250 appearances for Sheffield Wednesday before leaving after their relegation from the Championship. The 30-year-old may prefer a stay in the second tier, however.
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