Portsmouth have moved into pole position to land Dorking Wanderers winger Matt Briggs despite interest from teams from the Premier League, Championship and League One, according to The Surrey Mirror.
After Briggs has been impressing Portsmouth scouts, the South Coast side have stepped up their efforts to beat off competition to sign the non-league star.
As well as League Two promotion hopefuls Portsmouth, Premier League duo Crystal Palace and Stoke City have been watching Matt Briggs in action.
Ipswich Town of the Championship and League One side Charlton Athletic are also keen on landing the talented and speedy winger.
The University of Surrey student is expected to make his long awaited return to action after injury when Dorking play Cray Wanderers in Ryman Division One South.
The 20-year-old was subject to widespread interest in January but Dorking managed to keep him at the club.
Dorking manager Marc White admitted to The Surrey Mirror that talks with Portsmouth were set to take place and recommended Pompey as Briggs’ next destination.
“The interest in Briggs has been constant for the last four months and it’s become very competitive.
“Portsmouth is a club that ticks the boxes for Matt, as far as the history of the club, the amazing fanbase, the geographical location and also Paul Cook’s history of giving non-league players a chance.
“Personally, I’ve also heard very good things about Paul Cook and the set up at Portsmouth but Dorking Wanderers are yet to have official discussions with Portsmouth about Briggs, but no doubt we will soon.”
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