DETAILED: Portsmouth's transfer dealings amid coronavirus crisis are revealed following publication of accounts

Pompey paid £139,520 in transfer fees as coronavirus crippled their spending power last season.

Thursday, 31st March 2022, 9:00 am

While failure to sell any players also significantly impacted upon their recruitment.

Having registered a £259,950 profit in 2019-20, latest figures show losses of £3,860,477m for the financial year.

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As a consequence of Covid, Pompey’s transfer activity was inevitably affected, along with the vast majority of Football League clubs.

Just two players were purchased in the year ending June 30, 2021 – Callum Johnson and Liam Vincent.

Johnson arrived in September 2020 from Accrington for a fee in excess of £100,000, signing a two-year deal.

He made 46 appearances and scored once during his maiden Fratton Park season, while was voted as runner-up in The News/Sports Mail’s Player of the Year.

Pompey paid £139,520 in transfer fees according to accounts filed at Companies House for the year ending June 30, 2021. Picture: Graham Hunt/ProSportsImages

The right-back was subsequently sent on a season-long loan to Fleetwood by Danny Cowley in August 2021 and is out of contract in the summer.

In the case of Vincent, the 18-year-old arrived from non-league Bromley for an undisclosed fee in June 2021.

Seen as one for the future, his campaign has been devastated by injury and the left-back has still to make a first-team appearance.

During that period, John Marquis, Marcus Harness and Reeco Hackett arrived on the south coast to bolster Kenny Jackett’s promotion ambition.

That was possible following £2.23m brought into Fratton Park, primarily from Lowe’s August 2019 departure.

Crucially, however, there were no sales in 2020-21, thereby also impacting upon Pompey's ability to recruit.

As it stands, there have been no players sold this season, with Marcus Harness and Ronan Curtis the most saleable assets.

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