Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett has revealed that he is unsure of securing a return for Birmingham City’s Steve Seddon this summer.
The 22-year-old arrived at Fratton Park during the January transfer window, sealing a short term loan deal from the Championship side.
Helping Pompey to a play-off place, the left-back was involved in the League One play-off semi-final which ended in defeat against Oxford United, thus ending the club’s chances of gaining promotion to the Championship.
Making 12 appearances in England’s third tier with Portsmouth, Seddon made a good impression, netting two goals and gaining one assist despite being a defender by trade.
However, a potential permanent deal or second loan has become a difficult one with The News reporting that Jackett’s side are not in a position financially to pursue a move.
Valued at £135,000 by Transfermarkt, Seddon’s future has now been discussed by his former temporary boss.
He told The News: ‘We would need and do want a new left-back. We are working towards having two specialist left-backs for next season.
‘We haven’t got anyone else in the squad with the experience other than Lee.
‘Steve Seddon has obviously gone back and is a Birmingham player now.
‘I don’t know what the circumstances are with them, but there are a number of players we are working towards and considering.
‘By the start of the season, getting two specialist left-backs is something we will look to do.’
Seddon made a good impression at Portsmouth and he would be a superb permanent signing this summer, but finances and the salary cap introduction from the English Football League are making deals like this one very hard to pull off.
Whether or not a loan deal could be agreed does not seem to be mentioned in the reports over the last few weeks, but you would have to think that would be put forward.
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