Portsmouth’s hopes of signing Ben Woodburn from Liverpool this summer have all-but come to an end after reports emerged linking him with a move to Dutch side Sparta Rotterdam.
Kenny Jackett’s side failed to gain promotion for a second consecutive season from League One to the Championship and with the new campaign fast approaching, it was expected that some new faces would be seen arriving at Fratton Park.
Little transfer activity has developed though with Jackett bringing in just three players with Sean Raggett being the highest profile signing out of himself Cameron Pring and Callum Johnson.
Woodburn has been linked with a move to the club in the past whilst also having reported interest from Ipswich Town.
But it seems any deal is now over with Sparta Rotterdam agreeing a one-year loan deal with Liverpool for the midfielder’s services.
The 20-year-old’s future on Merseyside remains in the balance after Jurgen Klopp opted to make him available for a loan this season following a spell with Oxford United during the 2019/20 campaign.
Featuring 16 times for Portsmouth’s League One play-off opponents, Woodburn suffered a fractured foot during the campaign but he still managed to score one goal and gain five assists (Transfermarkt).
This will prove to be a frustrating update for Portsmouth fans, who have seen little transfer activity thus far. After all, Woodburn is a highly rated player who has already won 10 caps for the Welsh national team, scoring twice.
Kenny Jackett is under heavy pressure to ensure promotion this term and his business may be scrutinised if results do not materialise.
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