It has been revealed that Millwall defender Jason McCarthy has turned down the opportunity to join Portsmouth this January on loan.
Reported by BBC Solent’s Andrew Moon on Twitter on Friday, the journalist said the club had been keen on pursuing the defender, but now a deal looks “pretty unlikely” according to a source to the journalist.
He suggests that McCarthy may be on the move to another club as a result.
Millwall have made the 24-year-old available for loan this January, with a number of sides in League One interested in his services, according to South London Press journalist Richard Cawley.
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McCarthy has struggled with injuries this season, and has been limited to a total of five appearances for the Lions, with his most recent outing coming against Newport in the FA Cup third round.
He returned to the Millwall squad at the beginning of the month after six weeks out with split cartilage in his toe.
Millwall signed the defender from Wycombe Wanderers in July after an impressive 2018-19 season for the Chairboys.
After Anton Walkes’ recent departure from Pompey to Atlanta United, the club are looking for a suitable replacement at right-back, hence the links with McCarthy.
However, it seems that the 24-year-old has another destination in mind as Portsmouth have failed in their attempts to bring the defender to the club.
Nevertheless, signing McCarthy may not have gone down as the most popular decision at Pompey considering his injury record this season.
Barnsley defender Dimitri Cavare has also been reported as another potential target at right-back for Kenny Jackett.