Portsmouth defender Brandon Haunstrup is attracting transfer interest from League One rivals Bristol Rovers with his contract set to expire in the summer, according to the Daily Mail.
Haunstrup was named on the bench for Pompey’s 4-2 victory over Barnsley in the FA Cup fourth round over the weekend, with the left-back having recently made his return from injury after missing the festive period due to a knee injury.
The Pompey academy product has not held down a regular spot in Kenny Jackett’s side this term, and it has now emerged that fellow third-tier side Bristol Rovers are keen on a move for the defender who has just six months left on his contract.
It is understood that Pompey are weighing up whether to cash in on Haunstrup before the end of the transfer window or let him run down his Fratton Park deal with the south-coast outfit targeting a promotion push in the second half of the campaign.
Haunstrup has made 18 appearances in all competitions for his boyhood club so far this season, but he has only been named in Jackett’s starting line-up on seven occasions during their League One campaign.
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This latest transfer interest in Haunstrup indicates that Portsmouth must now make an urgent decision regarding the defender’s future, particularly seeing as his recent playing time suggests Jackett is uncertain about how much he rates the left-back.
Pompey are now in the midst of their second consecutive promotion push in League One, and this means the Fratton Park side must now seriously consider whether Haunstrup is someone who can make the step up to Championship level.
If this is not the case, Pompey’s best route may well be to offload the defender this month with Rovers appearing to show a serious interest, and this could create the opportunity for Jackett to make further additions to his squad this month.
I personally think Portsmouth should keep hold of Haunstrup until the summer before making a decision on his future when the club has a clear picture of which league they will be in next term.