Pompey Rumour Mill 2018/19 Eleven25.04.18
Who's been linked to join us so far this summer? Here's the latest gossip courtesy of a Russian troll bot we met down the pub last Friday night
As loan spells go it wasn't the most auspicious, as returning keeper Henderson was forced to leave the pitch through injury with five minutes to go in his first match back. The damage done to his thigh was enough to rule him out for the rest of the season, but not enough to rule him out of Kenny Jackett's thinking entirely.
The Spurs youngster has shown bags of potential during his loan move with the promise of much more to come. Nominally a right-back he has shown composure in a withdrawn midfield role operating just in front of the back four. All the signs are that he would be a more than useful addition to the first team squad.
Okay, it's not the staunchest of sources but the Bristol Rovers' message boards are putting two and two together (which is advanced mathematics for some of them) and coming up with Lee Brown to Portsmouth. The talismanic left-back has already announced he is going to leave the Gas this summer, but the actual destination is currently unconfirmed. Cold water has already been poured on this rumour by Kenny Jackett: ‘I do know who you mean, he played against us.'
The Portuguese midfielder is actually a product of the QPR youth academy and was there at the same time as Raheem Sterling. His career to date has been less stellar and after a spell at Woking he is now plying his trade at Boreham Wood. The highly-rated Andrade spent some time training on Copnor Road with the Blues last season, and rumours of him making the step up are still circulating.
The Chelsea Scottish Under-21 starlet has been training with the Blues ahead of what is hoped may lead to a summer move. Sammut has been in the Blues academy since he was a nipper and won a host of silverware, including the Uefa Youth League and FA Youth Cup. But his chances of breaking into the senior squad are highly unlikely, so a move to the south coast could be on the cards.
The all-action forward remains a firm favourite at QPR but a close season shake up at the club means a farewell to the Mac. The 32-year-old is no Prosinecki on the ball and bridges the skills gap with determination and work rate. His body has creaked during his second spell at Loftus Road, however, a fit and functioning Mackie would have something to offer the Fratton Faithful.
The Blues are looking to conduct their transfer business early and flying left-winger Ronan Curtis is already appearing on the radar. The Derry City man is a member of the Republic's U21-side and possesses bags of potential. Kenny Jackett remains double negative about the player: ‘I wouldn’t say I don’t know who he is.' The Derry chairman was initially bullish about his chances of keeping Curtis at his club, but seems to have back-tracked recently. Boring Berkshire club Reading has also shown a late interest in the player.
The Khartoum-born striker knocked in 20 for Cheltenham Town this season and finished as Div 2's joint top-scorer with a certain Sparky McNulty. His performances have certainly raised his profile and Pompey are one of the club's said to be circling overhead for his signing. The Cheltenham chairman has been quoted as saying that Mo won't be sold cheaply, so if we want an Eisa we better start saving.
If Pompey can bag another hidden gem anywhere near the quality of Jamal Lowe from the lower leagues then we'd all be dancing in the streets. Bonne comes from Zimbabwe, like another former Blues hitman (so he already has a terrace chant waiting for him), and bagged 20 goals last season for Leyton Orient.