Transfer Gossip: Portsmouth vying Sunderland, Ipswich and Blackburn for winger - but move could depend on Cardiff-linked Ronan Curtis' exit

Pompey have been linked with a move for Crewe's Owen Dale.

Sunday, 27th June 2021, 9:07 am
Updated Sunday, 27th June 2021, 9:11 am

And, according to The Sun on Sunday, the winger’s potential switch could hinge on whether Ronan Curtis is sold this summer.

Dale has come through the ranks at Alexandra's renowned academy.

The 22-year-old was a regular for David Artell's side last season as they finished 12th in their first season back in League One.

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Dale was one of Crewe's standout performers, plundering 12 goals in 48 appearances.

His exploits have reportedly caught the eye of Pompey chief Danny Cowley, who's conducting a major overhaul of his squad this summer.

Championship duo Preston and Blackburn, along with third-tier rivals Sunderland, Ipswich and Wycombe, have previously been credited with interest.

However, Dale is supposedly out of Ipswich and Wycombe's price range, according to the Sun on Sunday's Alan Nixon.

Crewe's Owen Dale is a reported target for Pompey. Picture: Pete Norton/Getty Images
Crewe's Owen Dale is a reported target for Pompey. Picture: Pete Norton/Getty Images

And it's claimed that Pompey could fund a move by selling Curtis.

The Republic of Ireland international is keen on a switch to the Championship, having spent three seasons at Fratton Park since arriving from Derry City.

Cardiff, Blackburn and Reading have all shown interest in the past, although any bids have yet to be received.

Pompey are likely to be in the market for an additional forward after the departure of Ryan Williams on a free transfer to Oxford United.

The 24-year-old enjoyed a fruitful loan spell at Doncaster Rovers last season.