Transfer Gossip: Portsmouth and Oxford 'in talks' to sign Wolves striker

Pompey have been linked with a loan switch for Wolves’ Niall Ennis, reports suggest.

Wednesday, 7th October 2020, 1:06 pm
Updated Wednesday, 7th October 2020, 1:44 pm
Niall Ennis. Picture: Alex Burstow/Getty Images

According to Football Insider, the Blues and League One rivals Oxford United are ‘in talks’ to sign the striker.

Ennis penned a new two-year deal at Molineux last summer before joining Doncaster Rovers on a season-long loan.

The 21-year-old registered six goals and four assists in 31 appearances before the 2019-20 campaign was curtailed amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Donny finished ninth in the League One table.

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Ennis – who’s been capped by England at under-17, under-18 and under-19 level – has made just one first-team appearance at Wolves so far.

However, he's reportedly set to pen a new long-term contract with the Premier League side before heading out on a temporary basis to garner more senior experience.

Pompey are supposedly keen to tie up a deal before the transfer window closes on Friday, October 16, along with Oxford.

Ennis’ age means he wouldn't count towards the £2.5m League One salary cap and would be exempt from Kenny Jackett's 22-man squad.

The former Shrewsbury loanee spent some time working under Jackett during his time at Wolves.

In November 2015, Ennis put pen to paper on his first professional deal while Jackett was boss at Molineux.

The following year, Jackett was ready to hand the forward his debut aged 16 only for him to suffer a broken leg.

As things stand, Pompey have only two recognised senior strikers under contract in John Marquis and Ellis Harrison.

Third-year scholar Alfie Stanley is currently on loan at non-league Bognor.

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