After a turbulent start to their campaign, League One side Portsmouth now look stronger than ever going into the winter transfer window.
But this window could prove to be just as much of a threat as it is an opportunity for manager Danny Cowley who will be reluctant to rock the boat whilst his side are in such a scintillating vein of form, going unbeaten in their last nine matches.
Not only have they gone unbeaten for such a long time, in a run stretching way back to October, but they have managed to avoid draws for the most part and come out victorious from most of those games, winning 21 points from a possible 27.
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This has taken Pompey to within one point of the top six as things stand, keeping a clean sheet in their last four matches and only failing to score once in a remarkable nine-game run.
With this in mind, it’s hard to find a weak point in the south-coast side’s squad at the moment but the injection of fresh blood and more competition in January may prove to be the difference between another season of heartbreak and a place in the top six.
However, their success may prove to be their own downfall if teams from higher divisions start to sit up and take notice of some of their most prized assets.
Considering this, we are taking a look at three transfer moves that could happen both in and out of Fratton Park when the next calendar year comes around.
Football League World understands Cowley’s side and League One rivals Plymouth Argyle and Lincoln City are currently weighing up a move for Ipswich Town forward Norwood ahead of the winter window.
The 31-year-old has been limited to just three third-tier appearances this term with the Tractor Boys undergoing a summer rebuild at Portman Road – and found himself behind Macauley Bonne and Joe Pigott in the pecking order when former boss Paul Cook was in charge.
With a permanent successor yet to be appointed, it’s currently unclear whether he will be given a second chance to impress, but that may very much depend on the formation the new boss decides to adopt with Bonne thriving and Pigott scoring 20 league goals for AFC Wimbledon last term.
For Pompey, he would certainly add goals and more competition up top, which will only be beneficial in their quest to secure a place in the play-offs or better at the end of the campaign. It remains to be seen whether he can remain fully fit though.
Scoring nine goals in 21 league matches this term, operating in a more central role and on the wing, Harness is likely to be the subject of considerable interest from Championship sides who want to dive into the lower leagues to find potential signings this winter.
His deal at Fratton Park is due to expire next summer, but the Blues hold the option to trigger a contract extension and this could be a crucial tool for the League One side if they come to the negotiating table with interested sides.
Manager Cowley has admitted he expects there to be interest in the 25-year-old’s services in January – and he is already reportedly being monitored by second-tier high-flyers Blackburn Rovers with Tony Mowbray’s men looking to maximise their attacking threat in the absence of Ian Poveda.
The future of star man Ben Brereton Diaz remains uncertain, so this injection of goalscoring pedigree could be crucial for the Lancashire side who will be desperate to retain their place in the play-off zone.
Left-back Guinness-Walker has been one of the first names on the teamsheet for Wimbledon this season – and his performances have caught the eye of teams in the Championship and third tier.
The Sun believes Pompey currently have the 22-year-old on their radar ahead of a potential January move.
Although he’s out of contract at Plough Lane in the summer, the south-coast outfit are keen to do a deal next month to secure the full-back’s services, with a cut-price agreement potentially in the pipeline.
However, the young defender is also attracting interest from the second tier, with Bristol City, Huddersfield Town and Middlesbrough all previously thought to have monitored his situation.