Portsmouth transfer news: St Johnstone striker linked with Blues, Sunderland and Ipswich 'in talks' with Israeli clubs about possible homecoming

Reported Pompey target Guy Melamed is in talks with two yet to be identified clubs in his native Israel over a possible free transfer.

By Mark McMahon
Monday, 21st June 2021, 11:21 am
Reported Pompey target Guy Melamed.  Picture: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire
Reported Pompey target Guy Melamed. Picture: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire

The National claims the striker’s agent is in advanced talks over a homecoming for the now former St Johnstone player following his McDiarmid Park departure at the end of last season.

The Blues had been joined by Sunderland and Ipswich in being linked with the 28-year-old.

But it now looks like a return to his homeland will be the next step in Melamed’s career.

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The former Maccabi Netanya front man moved to St Johnstone in October 2020 and scored seven goals in 23 appearances for Callum Davidson’s side.

He established himself as a key player for the Perth side as they recorded a historic cup double – but was an unused substitute as the Saints claimed a 1-0 Scottish Cup final win against Hibs on May 22.

Davidson admitted that Melamed was offered good terms to remain at the Scottish Premiership.

And regardless of current negotiations with clubs back in his native Israel, he said the door remained open for the forward to make a McDiarmid Park return.

The National reports Davidson as saying: ‘We made him a very good offer to stay but his agent has said he will wait and see.

‘It’s unfortunate we haven’t been able to come to an agreement. We have to move on but things can change quickly in football.

‘Right now the offer is still there if Guy changes his mind and decides he wants to play for us next season.’

Pompey are after striking reinforcements this summer.

Meanwhile, the Blues were beaten by Charlton for the signature of Jayden Stockley.