Danny Cowley makes Portsmouth budget confession which highlights transfer window difficulties and explains contract impasse with former Millwall and Sunderland front man Aiden O'Brien

Danny Cowley revealed Pompey are looking for ‘value for money’ signings again this summer.

By Sam Cox
Tuesday, 21st June 2022, 1:13 pm

And the Blues boss admitted he’ll have to make the most of the finances that are currently on offer to him in the transfer window.

Cowley is currently negotiating his third transfer window at the club, with the aim of transforming his side into promotion challengers.

However, no new signings have arrived at Fratton Park yet.

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Meanwhile, the Blues are currently in a contract stand-off with striker Aiden O’Brien.

The ex-Sunderland man was, as expected, a no show for Monday’s return to training – with his future remaining up in the air.

It’s an obvious example of Cowley operating within his means, with the terms that remain on the table ‘valued within the framework’ available at Fratton Park.

Pompey boss Danny Cowley is yet to make his maiden summer signing of 2022, while Aiden O'Brien was a noticeable absentee on the first day of pre-season training

And with his track record of nurturing players’ progress, he remained focused on bringing in quality players that fit within his transfer remit.

He told The News: ‘I don’t think we want to talk about finance.

‘For us, we’re clear on what the budget is and we are trying to find the very best value for the players that are available to us.

‘That’s ultimately our challenge. And we’re going to try and maximise the budget that we have and give this club the very best chance of success.’