Portsmouth defender Jack Whatmough is expected to sign for Bristol City this summer, according to journalist Ciaran Wiseman.
Jack Whatmough will join Bristol City from #Pompey on a free transfer when his contract expires on June 30th.
Keeping the academy graduate had been a priority of the club's but he is set to make the step up to the Championship with the Robins.
— Ciaran Wiseman (@CiaranWisemanSJ) May 19, 2021
Whatmough has been with Portsmouth’s first-team setup since 2012, and has gone on to make 136 appearances for their senior side in total.
He made 37 appearances in all competitions for the League One side this term, in a season which ended in disappointment, as they missed out on a top-six finish in the third-tier under the management of Danny Cowley.
Pompey finished eighth in the League One table, and will surely be braced for interest in some of their key players heading into the summer transfer window.
It seems as though Whatmough is heading for the exit door at Fratton Park in the near future as well, with the defender set for a move to Championship side Bristol City on a free transfer, when his contract with Pompey expires this summer.
It had previously been reported by The Portsmouth News that Portsmouth are keen to tie Whatmough down to a new deal, amid interest from both Millwall and Bristol City.
The Robins are managed by Nigel Pearson, and are evidently keen to add to their defensive options moving forwards into the summer.
Bristol City finished 19th in the Championship table in the 2020/21 season, and will be hoping they can push for a top-six finish in the new league campaign, which gets under way in August.
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This is a smart move by Bristol City heading into the summer transfer window.
The Robins could certainly benefit from adding depth to their squad ahead of the 2021/22 campaign, and Whatmough would help aid the competition for places in their defence.
He’s been a regular for Portsmouth this season, and although they missed out on promotion into the Championship this term, he’s a player that I feel could be playing in the second-tier in the near future.
That seems as though it’s going to be the case as well, and it’ll be interesting to see whether he’ll start regularly for Nigel Pearson’s side heading into the new league season.