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Portsmouth: Kenny Jackett discusses Jonah Ayunga rejection

Portsmouth: Kenny Jackett discusses Jonah Ayunga rejection - Portsmouth News

Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett has discussed his decision not to make a summer move for Bristol Rovers striker Jonah Ayunga.

Pompey boss Jackett will enter the 2020/21 season under a huge amount of pressure after failing to guide his side to the Championship from League One for a second successive season.

With the transfer window potentially offering a chance for Jackett to bring in a number of players, Ayunga emerged as a potential transfer target after performing well for Havant and Waterlooville, netting 24 goals in 41 games.

Despite having a recommendation from Hawks manager Paul Doswell, Jackett and chief executive officer Mark Catlin turned down a move for the striker and the former has now discussed his decision not to try and take him to Fratton Park.

Ayunga has now completed a move to Portsmouth’s league rivals Bristol Rovers, prompting as quoted by The News, Jackett to say: ‘We scout a lot of players during the course of the season.

‘We did scout him and he would have been coming into a position where we already have established players.

‘We’ll see (if we bring in another striker).

‘In terms of the front three, we have Ellis Harrison John Marquis, Ronan Curtis, Reeco Hackett-Fairchild, Marcus Harness and Ryan Williams.

‘Those are our options at the minute.’

Any potential move for a striker this summer at Fratton Park will depend mainly on the club’s current financial situation after the English Football League introduced a salary cap.

Such a decision by the EFL follows the pandemic which curtailed the 2019/2020 season in England’s third tier and saw club’s fail to make any revenue due to the closing of stadiums across the country.

Another player missed for Portsmouth and fans must now be starting to question who they are going to sign and when. Little transfer movement is happening at Fratton Park – only Sean Raggett has arrived so far – and the season is not a million miles away.

Jackett must make this the season to gain promotion or his and the club’s future could very much in danger.

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