Ironically, Pompey travel to the Stadium of Light this weekend, seeking their first League One victory of 2022.
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However, ahead of the fixture, Cowley would not be drawn on the issue of Hume.
He told The News: ‘I think we are being linked with a lot of players from a lot of clubs.
‘I certainly won’t be talking about a player that plays in a team that we are coming up against on Saturday.
‘I don’t think that would be fair on Lee Johnson or Sunderland as a football club.
‘I am aware of him as a player, I have just spent 48 hours watching Sunderland, so he’s a player that we know.’
Presently Lee Brown and Reeco Hackett are battling it out for the role, with the head coach having reintroduced a back three at the end of November.
With Hackett sidelined by a foot injury for AFC Wimbledon, Brown returned to the team for the goalless Plough Lane draw.
However, Hackett is now pushing for a first-team return ahead of Saturday’s trek to Sunderland for league action.
The left-footed winger has started eight of the Blues’ last 10 matches in all competitions in the wing-back role after being converted this term.
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