Kenny Jackett is braced for movement in his Portsmouth squad over the coming weeks, with two of his keepers on the transfer list, as reported by the Portsmouth News.
Luke McGhee and Alex Bass are both thought to be on the verge of leaving the club, with McGhee eager to leave after falling down the pecking order. Bass, a highly-rated young stopper, is thought to be available on loan and has had his name circulated to League Two and National League clubs.
Jackett admitted he expects some changes at the club before the September 2nd deadline.
“We have the transfer deadline next month and we’ll see what happens with the goalkeepers,” he confirmed. “I have been quite open that Luke wants to be a number one, but nothing has come off for him.
“I am comfortable him being here, having three keepers is good, I like all three, they are slightly different and it’s quite a good department for us.”
Despite not being in a rush to lose McGhee, the former Wolves boss won’t stand in his way if an offer does come in.
“If the phone rings and there is the right move for Luke and the right deal, then I don’t particularly believe in keeping people who don’t want to be here.
“If he stays, I am quite comfortable because, should we get an injury, he is a very capable keeper.”
21-year-old Bass has enjoyed loan spells with Salisbury and Torquay in the past, although his stint at Plainmoor was cut short through injury. His name has been circulated to clubs, but as yet there haven’t been any takers.
“On July 1, we circulated his name to all the League Two and National League clubs for a loan. Some six weeks down the line, nothing has necessarily happened.
“I wouldn’t definitely let him go, but it would have been a conversation if somebody came in. I’d speak to all parties and see what they think.”
Both are being kept out of the squad by Craig MacGillivray, who has started all three of Pompey’s matches so far this season.
It’s not a surprise that at least one of the keepers will be on their way; Luke McGhee is proven at League One level and will be hunting a first team spot somewhere.
That’s not easy though. Most clubs have sorted their number one already and the life of a keeper is hard. There is no fifteen-minute stint at the end of a game to show what you can do. you only get on if the current keeper gets injured or sent off and those occurrences are rare.
Some keepers go their whole career making 100 or so outings. Luke McGhee certainly won’t want that. As for Alex Bass, he’s got to be a big draw for a National League side. I’m very surprised nobody has taken him as yet.