Former Bournemouth favourite Charlie Daniels backed to make Portsmouth switch from Shrewsbury

Charlie Daniels has been backed to seal a move to Pompey.

By Mark McMahon
Monday, 11th January 2021, 6:30 am

Blues Hall-of-famer Alan McLoughlin believes his former club will probably land the veteran left-back in the January transfer window after being linked with the former Bournemouth ace over the weekend.

Manager Kenny Jackett is on the lookout for a new left-sided defender after Cam Pring was last week recalled from his Fratton Park loan spell by parent club Bristol City.

A move for former loanee Steve Seddon has been mooted.

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But attention has now shifted to Daniels, who is currently at Shrewsbury following his Cherries departure in the summer.

The 34-year-old has featured 14 times for the Shrews, who are currently managed by former Pompey boss Steve Cotterill.

Yet his future at New Meadow remains unclear, with the former Premier League ace signing a short-term deal until January when he joined in October.

It means the Blues could realistically land the experienced defender on a free transfer this month.

Former Bournemouth defender Charlie Daniels. Picture: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

And with manager Kenny Jackett skirting round the issue when asked about Daniels following the Blues’ FA Cup defeat to Bristol City, McLoughlin is of the opinion that Fratton Park could well be the next stop in the player’s 15-year career.

Speaking to BBC Solent, the former midfielder said: ‘I would expect, if the opportunity arose, and listening to Kenny there, obviously he can’t say too much because you still have to respect Shrewsbury’s situation with the player. but I would expect, potentially, that Charlie Daniels, that’s my opinion, won’t be too far away from probably making a trip down to Fratton Park to see out the season with Portsmouth.’

Daniels made more than 250 appearances for Bournemouth over nine seasons, joining them when they were in League One in 2011.

His last game for the Cherries was against Manchester City in the Premier League in August 2019.

The left-back suffered a dislocated knee in the Premier League fixture, which ruled him out for the rest of the 2019-20 season.

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