Portsmouth have missed out on the chance to bring Sammie Szmodics in to the club from Bristol City with Peterborough United said to have won the race for his signature.
Kenny Jackett’s failure to guide Pompey to a Championship promotion proved to be a second successive one and pressure is now firmly on the manager’s shoulders as the new season fast approaches.
Seeing a whole host of first team players leave Fratton Park earlier this summer, it was expected that Jackett would look to bring in some new faces but only three players have arrived in the shape of Sean Raggett, Cameron Pring and Callum Johnson.
Linked with a potential move for Szmodics, joining the likes of Sunderland with interest, Jackett has now seen rival League One club Peterborough United jump the gun.
Darren Ferguson’s side are said to have had a £1m-plus bid accepted by Szmodics’ parent club Bristol City.
The attacking midfielder made handful of appearances last term, spending time during the 2019/20 season on loan with League One side Peterborough, scoring four goals and providing four assist in 10 games.
Portsmouth fans will be excused for feeling a little bit concerned ahead of the new season. Pompey have made very little moves in the transfer window, other than strengthening their defence.
One thing Jackett must ensure is that his side finish in a play-off or better yet, automatic promotion place, and it remains to be seen if his current squad have the capability to do just that.
Missing out on Szmodics is a blow. He showed in his loan spell at the Posh last term that he can excel at this level, but Portsmouth must now identify other targets.
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