Portsmouth summer move for Manchester United triallist unlikely as he eyes left-field switch

Former triallist Max Taylor appears unlikely to make a permanent move to Pompey this summer – as he bids to win a contract on the continent following his departure from Manchester United.

Thursday, 8th July 2021, 2:30 pm
Updated Thursday, 8th July 2021, 2:50 pm

The centre-back spent a week training with the Blues in March under the watch of former manager Kenny Jackett.

Chelsea midfielder Pierre Ekwah also featured on trial against the Hatters and caught the eye.

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Danny Cowley had been open to the idea of having another look at pair himself after succeeding Jackett in the PO4 driving seat.

Speaking in April, he said: ‘Recruitment is about 80 per cent of the job. We know you can't eliminate the risk but you can minimalise it with intelligent work.

‘There is no better than to see a player in your own environment. If you can do that, it's a great opportunity.

‘They have been in and the aim is for us to have a look at them in our environment.’

Former Man United defender Max Taylor was on trial with Pompey. Picture: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

After being released by Manchester United at the end of last season, Taylor admitted he was open to a move overseas in a bid to kickstart his senior career.

He failed to make a single first-team outfit for the Premier League heavyweight, although he did travel to a Europa League game after bravely battling testicular cancer.

Now it appears the 21-year-old has opted for that route rather than potentially trying to win a Pompey contract.

Taylor's career has taken him to Slovenia where he is currently on trial with 15-time champions Maribor.

The defender recently featured in a 4-1 friendly win over second-tier side Beltinci, coming off the bench for the final 30 minutes.