The Tom Naylor and Nathan Thompson transfer trick Portsmouth could look to repeat

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Dion Donohue, Ellis Harrison, Tom Naylor, Nathan Thompson and Ryan Williams all have something in common.

Yes, they have all or still do play for Pompey. Well done.

But, as a collective, they were also recruited fresh off the back of suffering relegation.

Thompson was Kenny Jackett's first signing as Blues manager in June 2018.

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The defender quit Swindon – who'd jettisoned to League Two – for the south coast, where he gave two years of wholehearted commitment.

Donohue departed Chesterfield two months later after they’d also plummeted to the Football League's basement tier.

Injuries blighted his time at the club, although no-one could deny the Welshman had talent when fit.

For Naylor, Harrison and Williams, meanwhile, they could have remained at their respective sides and tried to win promotion back into the Championship.

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Tom Naylor, left, and Nathan Thompson. Picture: Joe PeplerTom Naylor, left, and Nathan Thompson. Picture: Joe Pepler
Tom Naylor, left, and Nathan Thompson. Picture: Joe Pepler

Instead, Naylor quit Burton in 2018, while last summer Harrison was purchased from Ipswich and Williams returned for a second spell at PO4 from Rotherham.

The policy has proven astute and during the current suspension Jackett will be drawing up a list of possible targets for his next transfer window.

But if the manager opts to repeat his trick, who could he move for?

Chuks Aneke - Charlton

The forward was on Pompey’s shopping list last summer but he opted for The Valley.

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However, things haven’t gone to plan for Aneke at the Addicks, with injuries restricting him to just one goal in 12 appearances.

Even after he returned from his setback, the former Arsenal man was still being omitted.

Aneke may feel a fresh start is required should Charlton go down and that could cause Pompey to rekindle their interest.

Luke Berry – Luton

The 27-year-old is a familiar foe of Pompey’s.

It was at Cambridge where he first caught the eye, scoring a superb free-kick in the Blues’ 2-1 win in the penultimate game of the 2016-17 season.

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He moved to Luton and helped them secure the League One title last season, but has only featured 19 times this time around.

Berry’s a forward-thinking central midfielder who’s also capable of playing in the number-10 role.

With the Hatters six points adrift of Championship safety, a guarantee of more game time could cajole Berry to switch to the south coast.

Rhys Healey – MK Dons

Healey's demonstrated his quality for the Dons week in, week out and looks a shoo-in to be named their player of the year.

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He’s netted 12 times in 21 appearances and Pompey have been on the end of his marauds.

Healey was instrumental in the Blues' 3-1 loss at Stadium MK in December, scoring once and wreaking havoc all afternoon.

And despite Pompey winning the reverse fixture 3-1 in February, Healey's guile forced Ross McCrorie to concede a penalty and allow the visitors to equalise.

The Dons sit five points above the drop zone, although they're still in a battle to stay up.

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Even if they preserve their League One status, you'd expect an array of potential suitors to be in for Healey.

Manny Monthe – Tranmere

The powerful defender is a name that fans will be well aware of.

An asking price of around £750,000, along with Sean Raggett’s performances, meant the Blues cooled their interest.

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Tranmere are currently in the League One relegation zone, though.

Should they go down they may be powerless to keep their most valuable commodity.

Dennis Politic – Bolton

The Trotters will almost certainly be in League Two next term.

Bolton could therefore struggle to keep hold of some of their better players, with Politic being one of them.

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Despite only being 20, the forward has made hurtling progress and quickly been forced to mature.

He was Keith Hill’s tormentor-in-chief during Pompey's 1-0 win at the University of Bolton Stadium in January.

Politic's prowess to find pockets of space was impressive and he looks to have a bright future.

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