Portsmouth midfielder Ben Close is said to be of interest to Doncaster Rovers, with The News reporting that the Sky Bet League One side could be set to pounce amidst the uncertainty over the player’s future at Fratton Park.
Close is one of a host of players who are set to see their contracts expire come the end of this month and as a result of this, his future on the South Coast is unclear.
Pompey are said to have offered the academy product a new two year contract as opposed to taking up the one year extension option in his existing deal.
However it is said that their offer is based around the player signing reduced terms as the Cowley brothers look to cut costs at Fratton Park as they prepare to rebuild the squad so that it fits into their style of play.
It has also been said on Twitter by reporter Andy Giddings that the player could soon sign for Donny in the near future:
Understand reports that #drfc are close to signing midfielder Ben Close are true. Hearing a medical has been pencilled in for Monday.
— Andy Giddings (@Gids1980) June 4, 2021
Close rarely featured under Kenny Jackett in the season just gone but was a regular under Danny Cowley when he took over the hot seat at the third tier side.
Can you name the Portsmouth player who has been carded the most in each of the last 16 seasons?
The midfielder could now be set to leave his boyhood club after making 190 appearances for Pompey, with Donny seemingly waiting in the wings to secure his signature.
Pompey will be extremely keen to keep hold of Close as he is an academy product who has thrived at the club since making the step up to first team level.
Losing him to League One rival is something that they wouldn’t take lightly and they will be hoping that they can convince the midfielder to sign fresh terms.
The fact that the money on offer is seemingly lower than what the player earnt before will potentially leave a sour taste in the mouth for Close, but at present, this is the situation that the club finds itself in with regards to finance.
If a deal cannot be agreed between the two parties, Pompey will be losing a player who knows exactly what it means to pull on the blue shirt.