Portsmouth do not have an option to sign Cardiff City striker Omar Bogle on completion of his current loan period.
The former Grimsby man has been instrumental in arresting Pompey’s slide down the table, scoring in the recent 2-0 win against Scunthorpe United.
He’s added strength and depth to Kenny Jackett’s squad as they harbour slim automatic promotion aspirations, but is not likely to be joining on a permanent basis in the summer.
Cardiff’s future is yet to be decided and the 25-year-old, who has four goals from eight outings, is due back there at the end of the season.
“He’s got a year left on his contract at Cardiff,” Jackett told the Portsmouth News.
“There have been no discussions with what we do in the summer. Cardiff will obviously see which division they’re in but he has got a year left at Cardiff and we will see which division they’re in.”
Jackett revealed the key differences between Bogle and the player he has ousted from the first team, former Dagenham man Ollie Hawkins.
“Whereas Oli is a big man, can hold the ball up and get to the far post. Omar is a little bit more mobile. Perhaps he’s not as consistent with his hold-up play but he can get in behind his centre-halves and you do need both.”
The recent win against Scunthorpe left Pompey four points adrift of the top two in fourth, with Sunderland above them in third with two points more and a game in hand.
Bogle has been excellent for Portsmouth, he’s helped the arrest the slide and added a dimension to their attack they didn’t previously have.
It won’t necessarily be a blow if they’re unable to sign him, but they’ll surely be pursuing him in the summer as his Cardiff career does appear to be at an end.