With Matt Clarke to Brighton now a done deal, Portsmouth’s attention now turns to signing his successor.
The 22-year-old defender leaves a gaping hole in the Pompey defence that will need to be filled this summer, and with a reported £3.5 million received for Clarke via the Argus, Kenny Jackett won’t be short of cash to spend on a suitable replacement, and an interesting name has already popped up.
According to journalist Alan Nixon, Portsmouth are keen on Blackpool defender Curtis Tilt but face a financial barrier for the centre-back’s signature in terms of sorting out a transfer fee with the Seasiders as well as finalising personal demands for the 27-year-old, but these obstacles could be worth knocking down for Pompey.
Tilt was a standout performer for Terry McPhillips’ side last season, playing in 42 games for Blackpool and notching up a decent four goals and three assists for the League One club, and given his impressive form with the former Premier League side last campaign, the centre-back could be a solid replacement for Clarke.
As well as being an experienced pro and five years older than Clarke, Tilt’s physicality and imposing presence in defence — with sports writer Tim Nash describing him as a centre-back with sheer size and strength (via North Wales Live) — is something the now Brighton defender missed greatly in his game.
Standing three inches taller than Clarke, Tilt’s height and impressive goalscoring record will add another layer to Portsmouth’s defence, and with £3.5 million to spend on finding a replacement, Pompey can’t get much better than the Blackpool man.
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