Jackett: No deal for Pompey triallist

Pompey will not be signing triallist Ceykan Karagozlu.

Thursday, 26th October 2017, 8:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 1:24 pm
Ceykan Karagozlu in action for Pompey reserves against Bristol City in midweek Picture: Colin Farmery

But Kenny Jackett insisted the Blues would continue monitoring the 18-year-old’s progress.

Karagozlu has been training with the first team for the past two weeks and was handed an outing for the reserves on Tuesday.

Operating on the right of the attacking three against Bristol City in the Central League Cup, the winger failed to catch the eye.

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He gave away a second-half penalty, albeit a harsh decision by the referee, and was taken off in the 63rd minute.

Karagozlu, who has featured for Kings Langsley this season, trained again with Pompey yesterday.

But Jackett has ruled out tabling an offer.

The Blues boss said: ‘Ceykan has been on trial but is not somebody we will be signing right now.

‘However, we will be monitoring his progress.

‘He is 18 and we are always looking for players, particularly young players, that we can help develop.

‘We want players that are not too far away from us, turning them into players who can help our first team.

‘At the moment we won’t be signing him, but we will keep watching him, definitely.’

Meanwhile, Jackett has stressed Pompey have yet to make a bid for Boreham Wood’s Bruno Andrade – but the forward remains on their radar.

Like Karagozlu, Andrade has trained with the Blues, although over a period of days rather than weeks.

He was also in the Westleigh Park stands to watch the reserves’ 2-1 defeat against Everton under-23s earlier this month.

The former QPR man has since returned to the National League club ,where he has continued to perform.

Andrade is currently joint-top of the division’s scoring charts with nine goals – a position he shares with ex-Pompey striker Ryan Bird, who is now with Dartford.

And the Blues will continue to cast their eye over the Portuguese talent.

Jackett added: ‘We haven’t made any bids for Andrade.

‘Do I know who you mean? Yes I do. I would like to think I know all the top goalscorers around, definitely.

’Have we made a bid for him? No, that’s not the case.

‘If you look at our forward line anyway we have plenty of options. I am sure we will keep monitoring him.’

The Blues have also cast their eye over striker Victor Adeboyejo in training. He is currently trialling at Chelsea.

– NEIL ALLEN