Portsmouth transfer news: Deal imminent, Ex-Pompey player talks up potential arrival

It took a little while for Portsmouth to get going this season, but since they hit their stride, they have been borderline unstoppable in League One.

Friday, 22nd January 2021, 9:36 am
Fratton Park. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Kenny Jackett’s men are currently second in the table, and could go top if they beat leaders Hull City on Saturday.

A win is hardly out of the question either – Pompey picked up an impressive 2-0 win against the Tigers just over a month ago.

And three points at Fratton Park could be made even sweeter if a deal can also be wrapped up for Charlie Daniels this weekend.

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Sunderland manager Lee Johnson would ideally like to bring in two new players before the transfer window closes. (Sunderland Echo) (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

The News understand that the veteran full-back is in the process of finalising his switch to the south coast, and should everything go to plan, an announcement could be made in the near future.

Former Portsmouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has thrown his support behind a potential deal too.

The stopper played alongside Daniels at Bournemouth, and he believes that he has more than enough quality to be an asset for the Blues.

He told The News: “I think he’ll be a great signing for Pompey and hopefully get them promoted.

Nottingham Forest have tabled a loan-to-buy offer for Peterborough United talent Siriki Dembele. It is believed that the bid is worth around £250,000 for a player who is out of contract this summer. (Football Insider) (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

“Charlie’s a great professional, a leader, he does everything right on a daily basis and is a really, really good person to have in any dressing room.

“We spoke a few days ago. I told him Kenny Jackett is a good guy and that he’ll love it down there.”

The stats bode well for Daniels too.

According to Wyscout, the defender has averaged a dribble success rate of 70.7% this season – 10.4% higher than Cam Pring’s during his time at Fratton Park.

A host of Championship clubs are keeping tabs on Gillingham captain Kyle Dempsey. The 25-year-old is attracting interest from Nottingham Forest, Preston North End, Barnsley and Luton Town. (Football Insider) (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

The ex-Bournemouth man has also averaged a higher ratio of assists per 90 minutes than the Bristol City man this term, and even has a marginally higher total action completion rate.

Daniels may be 34, but he was a Premier League player as recently as last year, and with 219 League One appearances to his name already over the course of his career, his quality and vast experience of the division could prove to be useful additions for Pompey.

We’ve gathered the rest of today’s League One transfer speculation below:

Fleetwood Town captain Paul Coutts has joined League Two outfit Salford City on loan until the end of the season. (Lancashire Post) (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)
Asmir Begovic has backed Portsmouth's potential move for full-back Charlie Daniels. The veteran defender is expected to complete his move to Fratton Park imminently. (The News) (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)
Hull City boss Grant McCann has played down suggestions that the club could move for Preston North End's Jayden Stockley this month, insisting that he's happy with the business the club has done already. (BBC Sport) (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Former Rangers striker Florian Kamberi is in talks with German outfit Bochum, despite being a target for a number of Championship clubs and Hull City. (Glasgow Times) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer has admitted that he is keen on Bournemouth talent Nnamdi Ofoborh, but does not believe the Addicks will be able to complete a deal amid interest from a number of other clubs. He said: “I like the player but it’s not going to be realistic bringing him here". (London News Online) (Photo by NEIL HALL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Former Sunderland striker Josh Maja has emerged as a potential target for West Ham this month. The Hammers are looking for a replacement for Sebastien Haller, and could turn to the Bordeaux man. (talkSPORT) (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)
Hull City manager Grant McCann has revealed that a number of lower league sides are interested in taking some of the Tigers' younger talent on loan before the end of the transfer window. (Hull Daily Mail) (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)