Ex-Portsmouth favourite and West Ham midfielder Gary O’Neil makes exciting Blues transfer prediction IF they complete the signing of former-Cardiff and Bristol City man Marlon Pack
The former Blues favourite feels transfer targets will be attracted to Fratton Park and encouraged by Danny Cowley’s ambition – if a deal for the departing Cardiff midfielder can be struck.
He also thinks the earlier Pompey secure the 31-year-old’s services, the better their chances are of acquiring other quality players.
Although the trading period hasn’t officially opened, this hasn’t stopped a swathe of names being linked with a move to PO4.
But a player certainly on the club’s radar is the former Blues academy graduate, who will be available on a free transfer once his Bluebirds contract expires at the end of the month.
Two unnamed clubs are also reportedly in the running.
It’s understood Pack’s discussions with Cowley went well.
The current Bournemouth coach told The News: ‘It would definitely strengthen Pompey.
‘Obviously, you can only take it one addition at a time, but I think if they can get the Marlon Pack one done it sort of sets you up and puts you in good stead early in the summer.
‘Maybe a few other people who may be looking at joining Pompey would take notice of the fact they managed to sign such a good player, and can see they’re maybe having a serious push towards promotion this season.’
Pack’s potential move to Pompey hasn’t come as a surprise to O’Neil, who believes higher-standard players are being attracted to the third tier.
Last summer, Pompey acquired Joe Morrell from Championship Luton, while seven players arrived on loan from higher divisions across the campaign.
Following this trend, O’Neil believes Cowley’s side won’t be the only club looking to acquire players from the second tier and above in pre-season.
He added: ‘I think League One, especially last year and next season, has some big clubs and big players in it now.
‘There will be teams who are willing to sign players who have been playing above that level to try and get them back into the Championship.
‘Obviously, Sunderland last year managed to get over the line and hopefully Pompey will do so next year.
‘I don’t think it will just be Pompey looking to add players of Marlon’s quality in that division, though.’