Portsmouth running rule over former Chelsea prospect after Sheffield Wednesday stay as Coventry City defender departs

Former Chelsea defender Renedi Masampu is on trial at Pompey.

Saturday, 24th July 2021, 7:46 pm
Brandon Mason has left Pompey  (Pic: GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
Brandon Mason has left Pompey (Pic: GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

But Brandon Mason has left Fratton Park and returned to Coventry City

Masampu was given a nine-minute runout at Luton today as the Blues picked up a 1-1 draw.

The 21-year-old, who was mistakenly identified as Mason at Kenilworth Road, was taken to Stamford Bridge in 2017 after impressing with non-league outfit Metropolitan Police.

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He left the Premier League outfit two years later, and was most recently operating at non-league level with Dulwich Hamlet last November.

Masampu has spent time on trial with Sheffield Wednesday this summer and featured in a number of the Owls’ warm-up games, before Darren Moore opted against offering the left-back a deal.

Cowley has chosen not to pursue a move for Mason, after the 23-year-old linked up with Pompey this week.

The former Watford man featured in the 3-3 draw against Bristol City on Tuesday, with either a loan or permanent deal available to the Blues.

It’s not a move Cowley is looking to advance, however, with Mason returning to the Sky Blues.

The Pompey boss remains in the market for a left-back to offer competition for Lee Brown next term.

Liam Vincent was the first signing of the summer and operates in that position, but the 18-year-old arrival from Bromley is seen as one for the future.

Pompey have made eight signings this summer, with Cowley clear a host of additions are still required before the transfer window closes on August 31.