Pompey are poised to complete the transfer of Sunderland wing-back Denver Hume, who’s expected to arrive at Fratton Park soon.
Meanwhile, clubs across League One have been busy completing deals as the clock edges towards 11pm on Monday evening.
Here’s the latest gossip from across the third tier.
Lincoln sign former Pompey target
Lincoln City have signed their fourth striker this month, bringing in Ben House from National League side Eastleigh.
The 22-year-old was linked with a move to Fratton Park in December 2020 along with Charlton and Ipswich but a move never materialised for the striker.
House started his career at Reading before having spells at Dagenham & Redbridge, Swindon and Eastleigh.
The forward impressed at National League level scoring 13 times in 52 league appearances for the Spitfires, before linking up with Michael Appleton’s League One side.
Lincoln have now recruited four new faces up front, including former Blues man John Marquis and reported Pompey target Liam Cullen, as the Imps now have seven attackers in their disposal.
Non-league Wrexham complete move for striker
National League side Wrexham have completed a £300k move for AFC Wimbledon striker Ollie Palmer.
The Welsh side are owned by Hollywood actors Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds and have brought in prized League One assets already since their takeover, including Cheltenham’s Ben Tozer in the summer.
Palmer, who played for the Hawks, has scored 13 times in 52 appearances for the Dons during an 18-month period.
Former Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson, who now manages Wrexham, said: ‘Credit to Rob and Ryan for sanctioning the deal and to everyone else involved in getting the deal over the line, because when you’re attracting a player from a higher league, the deals are never easy.
‘I’m absolutely delighted we’ve finalised the signing.’
Championship side keen on Ipswich Town star man
Before moving to Portman Road, the 26-year-old was named player of the season at the Dons, scoring 14 goals in 48 appearances.
He was one of 19 new arrivals at Ipswich in the summer under ex-manager Paul Cook.
However, the move has failed to work out and he is yet to start under new boss Kieran McKenna making just 15 outings this season.
Now Swans boss Martin is reportedly keen to link up with his former star man at the Swansea.com Stadium as he looks to put his stamp on the Championship outfit.
Cheltenham accept six figure bid by Premier League side for defender
Cheltenham are said to have accepted a six-figure bid from a Southampton for young defender Will Armitage.
Armitage is currently a first-year scholar at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium outfit and lined up for the Robins twice in this season’s Papa John’s Trophy.
The young defender doesn’t turn 17 until March but has trained with the first team since a breakthrough pre-season after catching the eye of boss Michael Duff.
He spent most of the first half of the season on loan at Evesham United, but has attracted interest from Pompey’s south coast rivals, who have reportedly tabled a six-figure bid for the defender.
The Robins have since accepted the bid and talks are set to take place in the coming days.
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