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Portsmouth open talks to sign 3-goal winger on a free transfer

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Portsmouth have started negotiations with Matty Kennedy over a permanent switch to Fratton Park, The Portsmouth News reports.

Kennedy spent the entirety of the 2017/18 season on loan at Pompey and now he could sign permanently for the club on a free transfer.

The winger is out of contract this summer and Cardiff City are unlikely to extend his deal, especially given the fact that they have won promotion to the Premier League via the automatic spots.

Portsmouth have an option to keep Kennedy at the club and they are looking to exercise that.

Pompey boss Kenny Jackett is keen to get this deal over the line early and has made contact with their representatives over a permanent move.

The 24-year-old played 36 times for the south coast side this season in an injury-affected campaign, scoring three goals and adding three assists too.

The former Scotland under-21 international has only played 22 times for the Bluebirds in all competitions since signing a three-and-a-half year deal back in February 2015 after leaving Everton without a senior appearance to his name.

Kennedy came through the ranks at Kilmarnock and as well as Portsmouth, he has spent time out on loan at Tranmere, Milton Keynes, Hibernian, Port Vale and Plymouth.

Jackett confirmed that talks had taken place, saying: “We will see if we look to sign him, it’s one we have discussed, definitely. As ever, it very much depends on where the finances are.”

The Verdict

Kennedy has had an impressive season for Portsmouth with his pace and tricks causing problems for League One full-backs.

In order to kick-start his career, he needs to make a permanent move to Fratton Park to continue to thrive at the club and continue his development too.

After suffering from a lack of game time at Everton and Cardiff, it is vitally important that the Scotsman makes the right career move for himself.

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NCTJ-qualified journalist - University of Birmingham undergraduate - King's College London postgraduate - Coventry City and West Ham United

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