Transfer gossip: Portsmouth, Ipswich and Sunderland monitoring St Johnstone striker Guy Melamed
Pompey have reportedly joined both Sunderland and Ipswich in keeping tabs on St Johnstone striker Guy Melamed.
That’s according to website Football Insider, who claim the three League One sides have been monitoring the Israeli forward’s progress in the Scottish Premiership following his move from Maccabi Netanya in October.
The 28-year-old has scored five goals in 15 games for Callum Davidson’s side, while he has also provided three assists.
That’s supposedly drawn the attention of clubs south of the border, with the Blues named as one of the front man’s admirers.
Melamed only signed a one-year deal with St Johnstone when arriving from his native Israel at the tail end of last year.
At present, Pompey only have only one fit out-and-out striker – Jordy Hiwula – with Ellis Harrison ruled out for the season with a knee injury and top-scorer John Marquis currently sidelined with an ankle problem.
It’s fair to say the Blues will be looking to strengthen their forward department in the summer.
But with Danny Cowley currently head coach on an initial deal until the end of the season, replacing previous boss Kenny Jackett last week, it’s reasonable to assume he’ll be keen to bring in his own players if that agreement is made permanent at the season’s end.
Note: the above story originates from another media outlet hence the title ‘Transfer gossip’.
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