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Portsmouth take step forward in transfer race with Charlton and Ipswich



Portsmouth have taken a step forward in the race to sign in-demand Preston North End striker Jayden Stockley as, according to Lancashire Live, they’ve been given permission to open talks with him. 

The 27-year-old impressed while on loan at Charlton Athletic in the second half of 2020/21 – scoring eight times in 22 games – and has been linked with a move back to the Valley.

Ipswich Town and Rotherham United are also understood to be hot in pursuit of Stockley but it seems Pompey have moved ahead in the race for the striker.

Lancashire Live has named the South Coast club as the favourites to sign the Preston man this summer and revealed that they’ve been granted permission to open talks with him.

It is thought that with a year left on his current deal at Deepdale, the North West club may struggle to recoup the £750,000 they paid Exeter City for him in January 2019.

Stockley scored 39 goals across his final two seasons with the Grecians but has struggled to have a similar impact at Preston, finding the net just eight times in 71 appearances.

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The Verdict

It seems Pompey are now the frontrunners to land Stockley and have been given permission to open talks with him.

Following his impressive loan spell at the Valley, Charlton seemed the likely destination but they will now have to act quickly if they want to ensure he makes the switch to south London rather than the South Coast.

Cashing in on him now makes a lot of sense for Preston, who otherwise run the risk of seeing him walk away for nothing next summer.

Stockley’s struggled to really make an impact for the Championship side and you feel stepping back down to League One is the best thing for him.

Bristol-born, London-based sports journalist at Snack Media. University of Brighton and NA graduate

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