Portsmouth transfer gossip: Brighton midfielder on loan at Northampton back on Blues' radar

Brighton midfielder won promotion with Northampton during first loan spell with Cobblers
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Pompey are reportedly showing an interest in Brighton midfielder Marc Leonard, who is currently on loan at Northampton Town.

It’s been claimed the Blues are keen to revive interest in the Scotland Under-21 international after seeing a permanent move for the Seagulls youth product fall through last summer.

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According to Footballtransfers.com, Leonard’s decision to sign a new contract at the Amex Stadium until June 2025 ended Pompey hopes of a deal. The player subsequently moved to the Cobblers on loan for a second successive season. And with four goals and three assists so far for Jon Brady’s League One side, it’s been reported that Pompey remain attentive to what Leonard has to offer.

A second-successive summer approach has been mooted, when hopefully the Blues will be enforcing plans for their first Championship season since 2012.

Leonard, who has been capped seven times by Scotland at under-21 level, has three goals in his past four games for Northampton - including a stunning late consolation in the Cobblers' 4-1 defeat to Pompey at Fratton Park at the start of this month.

As well as Pompey, clubs in Scotland, the Championship and Europe are reportedly keeping tabs on the midfielder.

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Pompey signed midfielder Owen Moxon from Carlisle for an undisclosed fee in January. But John Mousinho's side have been hit by injuries in the department in recent weeks. Alex Robertson (hamstring), Joe Morrell (knee) and Terry Devlin (shoulder) have been ruled out for the rest of the season, while Tom Lowery (hamstring) and Ben Stevenson (knee) are currently also unavailable for selection.

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