Downing has been with the club since 2019, but has struggled for consistent game time with Kenny Jackett’s side this season, with the defender making just five appearances in all competitions.
Pompey are well in contention to mount a serious challenge for promotion into the Championship this term, as they currently sit third in the League One table heading into the second-half of this year’s campaign.
Speaking in a recent interview with Hampshire Live, Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett issued an important transfer update, whilst also revealing that there hasn’t been any movement on a potential deal to see Downing leave the club this month.
“No, there has been no movement for any of our players in terms of offers for Paul and if we were going to let any players go at this stage, we would need a replacement.
“We don’t want to be going into such a busy period when it is so important that we are at full strength and have a fully fit squad and for us to let anybody go, we would need a replacement and that is the case.
“We are not close to letting anybody go, there hasn’t been any bids but there may be. As January goes on, I am sure that for some of our fringe players, there will be interest in them.”
Portsmouth are set to return to action on Sunday, when they take on Championship side Bristol City in the third round of the FA Cup at Ashton Gate, in what is certain to be a tough test for Jackett’s side.
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It’ll be an interesting few weeks ahead.
It seems as though Jackett is willing to let some of his fringe players leave the club before the January transfer window reaches a conclusion.
But the club clearly have a valuation of some players, and it’s good to hear that Jackett won’t be forced to sell Downing, unless they have a replacement lined up.
Squad depth is key for a team challenging for promotion, and it’s important that they add to their squad before letting anyone depart.