League One side Portsmouth are thought to be targeting a move for Blackburn Rovers striker Joe Nuttall, as reported by The Sun’s Alan Nixon.
The 22-year-old has two goals from 12 Championship matches this season and has recently found himself in the match day squad at Ewood Park on a regularly basis.
With Danny Graham and Ben Brereton ahead of him in the pecking order, first team chances have still been hard to come by, but Pompey see him as perfect for their system next season.
They’ve fallen away in the League One promotion hunt and look destined for a play-off place at best. They’ve switched strikers around all season, with Brett Pitman, Oliver Hawkins, Omar Bogle and James Vaughan all having a spell as the lone front man in their 4-2-3-1 formation.
They’re now looking to Nuttall, the former Aberdeen striker, as they plan ahead for next season.
The report doesn’t make it clear whether it would be a loan move or a permanent deal, but the former seems more likely as Nuttall is thought to be well regarded by Tony Mowbray.
Nuttall is a robust forward with the ability to be a focal point for aerial balls as well as those into feet.
He’s struggling for chances at Ewood Park, but a regular run of games would see his true potential develop.
If Pompey are in League One it would certainly be a good move for him, but if they go up I can’t see him making the switch.