Portsmouth news and transfers: League One clubs await latest on season while Blues linked with Arsenal keeper

Pompey are still awaiting news on how the League One season will be completed.

Tuesday, 26th May 2020, 10:17 am
Updated Tuesday, 26th May 2020, 10:17 am
Fratton Park. Picture: Graham Hunt

Teams are divided on how they campaign will be ended, although Blues chief executive Mark Catlin believes clubs are edging towards curtailing the campaign.

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Portsmouth news and transfer: League One clubs await news on season while Blues linked with Arsenal keeper

Last updated: Tuesday, 26 May, 2020, 15:58

  • EFL vote still to take place
  • League One season edging towards being curtailed 
  • Pompey linked with Arsenal keeper

Support for wage cap

Pompey chief executive Mark Catlin has already outlined his argument to introduce a salary cap into the bottom tiers of English football.

However, Phil Hodgkinson is firmly behind the idea, after claiming up to 60 clubs could go bust within a matter of months.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: 'I do believe we absolutely need to move very quickly to salary caps, and that includes the Premier League, and that includes European leagues because FIFA and UEFA need to get involved at that level to make sure that English clubs that are in Europe aren't penalised unfairly.

'You would look at non-League clubs who now need clubs to get through, you would look at a similar thing in League Two and League One. When you get into the Championship, you would need more governance around it.

'You can't just be handing this out and you might be looking at a mixture of grants and loans to help Championship clubs out but there would be some strict governance around this. 

'Those clubs would have to show that, within a 12-month period, they would get to a point that they were within a salary cup otherwise they have got to pay it back. "It really does need to happen. The disparity between League One and the Championship is as wide as between the Championship and the Premier League.'

We've rated the rumour

Arsenal keeper James Hillson is reportedly on Pompey’s radar.

But assessing the Blues’ situation, we reckon it’s unlikely to get off the ground. Read why we think so below

Journalists give their verdict on the League One season

We have asked the views of those who closely follow each of League One’s 23 clubs to gauge how they expect their club to vote.

Their views are based on communication with each club, with options consisting of playing on, ending the season, or going with the flow.

Tallying up the verdicts, it appears the majority of clubs wish end the campaign, using unweighted points per game to decide league placing.

Read more below

Revealed: How Pompey, Bolton, Ipswich and others could vote in debate over League One season

Developments are anticipated this week in the ongoing debate on the fate of the League One campaign.

How League One clubs are expected to vote how to end the season

Pompey linked with keeper

A bit of transfer gossip emerged yesterday, with Pompey being linked with 19-year-old Arsenal keeper James Hillson.

It’s reported by ESPN that the likes of Leeds and Sunderland also have the youngster on his radar.

We’ll be reviewing this rumour a little bit later today

A superb interview with ex-Pompey man Shaun Derry

Welcome to our live blog. We’ll be bringing you all the latest updates from Fratton Park and throughout League One.

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