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Transfer Round-Up

While Portsmouth may not be able to go out and buy players at the moment, it doesn’t stop any players from leaving. With 8 days of the transfer window gone already, a number of players have been linked with moves away from the South Coast.

A number of youth players have left the club already, going out on loan to lower league clubs in a bid to gain first-team experience.

Midfielder Marlon Pack has joined League Two side Dagenham & Redbridge on a one-month loan deal. The 18-year-old has already been on loan once already this season, making seven appearances for Wycombe Wanderers.

Grimsby have signed winger Paris Cowan-Hall on a one month loan deal too. The 19-year-old has already made his debut, featuring in the Mariners’ recent 1-1 draw against Bury.

Centre-back Luke Wilkinson has joined Northampton Town on a one month loan deal. As a former Bristol City trainee, the 19-year-old will be looking to add to the competition for places.

CEO Peter Storrie has revealed to the Portsmouth News that reserve goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown could be heading to QPR.

The 29-year-old has struggled to establish himself at Fratton Park, unable to fulfil the early promise surrounding him upon first arriving.

Ashdown’s contract runs out at the end of the season, suggesting Pompey may choose to cash in for him now rather than lose him for nothing.

Storrie told the Portsmouth News: “I admit there is interest in Jamie Ashdown and Paul Hart would like him, but we have not made a decision at this stage.”

Teammate Danny Webber is also a rumoured target for boss Paul Hart.

According to Sky Sports’ infamous sources, Sunderland have shown an interest in signing defender Younes Kaboul.

The 24-year-old has been one of the few bright sparks of a dire season for Portsmouth and many fans would be sad to see him leave.

However, fans have understood the club’s financial situation may mean the departure of several key players.

Lyon are also rumoured to be interested in the former Auxerre man, who is believed to be valued at £8m.

One player who is not set to extend his stay at Fratton Park, despite wanting too, is midfielder Jamie O’Hara.

O’Hara’s current loan deal is set to end on January 15th. The club, currently placed under a transfer embargo, have been refused permission to extend the contract by the Premier League.

Tottenham had previously given permission for O’Hara to extend the loan, yet the 23-year-old is now interesting league rivals Fulham and Wolves.

And now to Portsmouth’s phantom signing, Mike Williamson.

The defender is yet to make his debut for Pompey after signing on the last day of the summer transfer window.

He reportedly cost £3m but has been restricted to reserve-team outings so far. His former club Watford are said to be interested in re-signing Williamson on loan, as cover for the departing Craig Cathcart, whom is set to return to Manchester United.

However, Pompey may be unwilling to part with players due to their already threadbare squad. A number of players will be unavailable in the next few weeks due to the African Cup of Nations including Kanu, Aruna Dindane and Nadir Belhadj.

Pompey hope to have their transfer embargo lifted next week, however, that remains to be seen. Manager Avram Grant has suggested there are a number of targets lined up, with fans hoping these will be the players to keep the side up.

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