Portsmouth news and transfers live: Brighton youngster targeted - as Blues restricted to signing just five senior players

Welcome to another day of our live blog during the summer transfer window.

Thursday, 16th July 2020, 8:20 am
Updated Thursday, 16th July 2020, 6:00 pm
Fratton Park. Picture: Joe Pepler

There’s already been plenty of chit-chat to whet the appetite of Pompey fans after the League One play-off defeat to Oxford United.

The Blues are targeting a move for Bright and Hove Albion left-back Alex Cochrane.

It’s an area of Kenny Jackett’s squad that certainly needs addressing and the England under-20 international is held in admired by Pompey head of recruitment Phil Boardman.

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However, there is also interest in members of Jackett’s current squad.

Crystal Palace are targeting a move for Alex Bass following his impressive performances during the second half of the campaign.

Meanwhile, Ronan Curtis is also a potential replacement for Said Benrahma at Brentford should he depart.

We’ll be bringing you all of the latest news throughout the day.

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Pompey news and transfers: Blues eye Brighton youngster

Last updated: Friday, 17 July, 2020, 12:52

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A potential boost for Pompey

National reports suggest that the salary cap could be delayed until next summer because of time constraints.

That would be a huge fillip for Pompey given how they’ve been scrappping for it not to be implemented. 

The full story on when fans should return to Fratton

We will pilot larger gatherings in venues like sports stadiums with a view to a wider reopening in the autumn.

From October, we intend to bring back audiences in stadiums. Again, these changes must be done in a Covid-secure way, subject to the successful outcome of pilots.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Huge news for Pompey fans

The government has confirmed that people will be allowed back into stadia from October.

That means it’s likely that the 2020-21 season will start behind closed doors. A reduced capacity for when fans are able to be back inside Fratton Park is also probable

Lowe linked with switch away from Wigan

It’s only been a year since Jamal Lowe left Pompey for Wigan.

However, with the Latics entering administration, the winger is reportedly wanted by a trio of clubs.

ICYMI: five senior players maximum

Cochrane could thrive at Pompey

Kenny Jackett’s side have been keen on Brighton left-back Alex Cochrane.

The youngster has had a lack of senior experience during his fledgling career, featuring once for the Seagulls and making four appearances for their under-21s in the Leasing.com Trophy.

However, former Pompey Academy coach Mikey Harris, who worked with Cochrane at Brighton, has backed the defender to be a hit should he move to Fratton Park.

Harris said: He’s an intelligent footballer and has real quality with his delivery. Alex is consistent and an excellent professional who’s really progressed over the past few years into quite a prospect – he would be a great addition to the squad.'

A happy Friday to you all. We’ll be bringing you all the updates from Fratton Park throughout the day.

The stakes have never been higher

After failing to complete remaining fixtures amid the coronavirus, Pompey now have another scrap on their hands.

On this time, the stakes are a lot higher. 

Portsmouth braced for another League One battle - but the stakes are higher

In a recent interview with The News, Pompey chief executive Mark Catlin admitted he felt a ‘little bit beat up’ at the moment.

I am also frustrated and angry that the relegated Championship clubs are not going to have a material effect.

I have spoken to seven or eight of the bottom half of the Championship, who would all vote against this, and they are being stopped by voting even though this is the league they are coming into.

Mark Catlin, Pompey chief executive
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