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Varney bid turned down as Pearce keeps fingers crossed
Posted by Pompey Pages March 20, 2012
The Fratton Faithful have already seen the departures of four key players over the last month. Liam Lawrence, Erik Huseklepp, Hayden Mullins and Stephen Henderson all left the club on loan with an eye to a permanent move in the summer to assist the club’s financial problems, but with the loan transfer window closing on Thursday, are we expecting more players to move before then?
Luke Varney was heavily linked in the red-top papers with a move to Nottingham Forest to be re-united with former Pompey manager Steve Cotterill, however it appears the club are keen to keep Varney as he remains one of the remaining attacking threats in the squad.
Pompey boss Michael Appleton is a big fan of Varney despite having to wait for a number of months to see his return from fitness after a long time on the sidelines during the winter months, however Varney is back and raring to go and only a silly bid is likely to tempt the club in to selling him.
Forest were looking to capture the former Blackpool man before their clash with Leeds United tonight, however as proposed in all the other deals for players leaving, Pompey wanted guarantee of a permanent deal in the summer if he was to leave on loan – something Forest were not willing to agree to with possible relegation also on the cards for them.
Cotterill said in the Daily Express and Star: “It is a bit disappointing that it took a week to get an answer. At this moment, he is staying with Portsmouth.”
The News also revealed that there was interest from Leeds United as well however Appleton and administrator Trevor Birch had confirmed there would be no further players leaving unless significant bids came in that would benefit the club financially.
Whilst it looks like Varney is most likely set to stay and will feature in tonight’s clash against high-flying Birmingham, another worry for Pompey fans is the possible departure of new captain, Jason Pearce.
Pearce, along with the already departed Stephen Henderson, has been the player of the season for me. After returning to the club with whom he graduated the academy from before joining Bournemouth, Pearce has been a stand-out performer for the Blues, with his ‘never-say-die’ attitude and his clear passion and commitment. Not only does Pearce have all the parts in the right place but he’s also a rock-hard defender and would clearly stick his life on the line for Pompey.
Unfortunately these top performances and his attitude towards the club and the game have caught the eyes of many clubs, notably West Ham, Ipswich Town and that club down the road that are doing ok!
It would be very unlikely that Pearce would even consider heading down the road, whilst Birch is probably the kind of man to accept a bid, I can’t imagine they need him or even want him – it’s all just paper talk. West Ham seem to have more than enough players on the cards at the moment, whilst Ipswich have already failed in a bid to lure Pearce to Portman Road in January – hopefully they fail again.
All we need to do now is sit tight, keep our fingers crossed and hope no further players depart during the next two days. Oh and three points against Birmingham wouldn’t go a miss!