Non-league side hopeful of signing ex-Portsmouth midfielder following West Ham and Brighton trials

Bognor are hopeful of prising former Pompey midfielder Charlie Bell to Nyewood Lane.

Friday, 16th July 2021, 4:30 pm
Updated Tuesday, 20th July 2021, 4:42 pm

The midfielder was one of a host of youngsters released by the Blues at the end of last season amid an academy player overhaul.

Bell, 18, was well regarded in the PO4 youth ranks and made three appearances in the Papa John's Trophy last season.

He was named The News' man of the match in a 1-0 defeat to West Ham under-21s.

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However, Bognor have been in talks with Bell and he featured in a 3-0 pre-season loss to Pompey's League One rivals Burton last weekend.

The Rocks have provided several youngsters a pathway into the professional game in recent years.

This summer, Portsmouth-based Tommy Leigh achieved a dream switch to third-tier Accrington, while and Tommy Block made the move to Hibernian in 2019.

Charlie Bell. Picture: Robin Jones/Getty Images

Robb could now return to the Rocks after leaving Brentford, while ex-Blues under-18s captain Joe Dandy could also be in line for another spell at the West Sussex outfit.

The pair also played against Burton.