Newcastle midfielder Dan Barlaser on Pompey's radar - but Wigan and Preston also keen
Pompey have Newcastle midfielder Dan Barlaser on their radar.
It is understood the 22-year-old is being monitored by Kenny Jackett this summer.
However, the Blues face stiff face competition from Paul Cook’s Wigan, while fellow Championship side Preston are also reportedly interested.
Barlaser spent last season at Accrington Stanley and had an impressive loan spell.
The 22-year-old scored three times in 45 appearances as John Coleman’s side finished 14th in League One.
He was one of Stanley’s stand-out performers, with his strike against Southend being awarded the club’s goal of the season.
Barlaser has returned to St James’ Park, where his contract expires in June 2020.
Newcastle are thought to be ready to offer the former England and Turkey youth international a new deal, so a loan switch would be the most likely option if he were to leave Toon again.
The partnership of Tom Naylor and Ben Close was his preferred engine room in his 4-2-3-1 system during the second half of last term, after Ben Thompson was recalled by Millwall.
January arrivals Bryn Morris and Andy Cannon, from Shrewsbury and Rochdale respectively, are Jackett’s other options.
Last summer, the Blues almost signed Sean Longstaff from Newcastle.
The midfielder was close to moving to Fratton Park on loan but manager Rafa Benitez pulled the plug at the last minute.