Kenny Jackett is hoping to secure a deal to take Newcastle United youngster Sean Longstaff to Fratton Park on a season-long loan.
The News reports that 20-year old Longstaff is seen as the ideal player to fill an additional attacking role, following on from the arrival of Lee Brown three weeks ago.
Jackett is keen to ensure he gets as much from the loan market as he can.
“For us at the moment we haven’t got any loans in the building,” he told the News. “We’ve tried to build it with our own players. The loans come about as you get closer to the deadline when you can obviously see there’s a hole in the team or the group for whatever reason.”
Longstaff has emerged from the Newcastle academy, but has yet to appear for the Magpies.
He went on loan to Scottish side Kilmarnock in 2017, along with team mate Freddie Woodman.
Last season he played for League One side Blackpool, again on loan, making 45 appearances and scoring nine times in the process.
He scored in his first four consecutive Football League games, although didn’t appear in either of the Seasiders matches against Pompey.
Longstaff had a good season for Blackpool, looking threatening both in front of goal and when creating for team mates.
He’s proven himself in League One and that would be enough for Kenny Jackett to take him to the south coast on loan. He could have a big future in the game, especially if he gets another successful campaign under his belt.