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Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett is looking to strengthen his squad with a move to bring Barnsley defender Dimitri Cavare to Fratton Park on the cards, according to a report in the Portsmouth News.
With Barnsley facing up to an expected relegation battle this season the door is open for the former French youth international to make an exit from Oakwell, having struggled for game-time since the Tykes sacked Daniel Stendel.
The 24-year-old appeared 44 times for the Tykes as they won the League One title last season, but since the arrival of Gerhard Struber back in November, Cavare has only managed one game for the club back on November 27th.
So would Cavare be a good signing for Pompey?
Ethan Van Ristell
“The Guadeloupe international has found opportunities limited at Barnsley this season, making eleven appearances for the Tykes. The 24-year-old has not made their last ten match-day squads.
“That may open the door for a potential departure, and Portsmouth are looking to bolster their defensive ranks after the sale of Anton Walkes to Atlanta United.
“Cavare also has six months remaining on his current deal, so it remains unclear if Pompey will wait until the end of the season to get him on a free transfer or go in for him during this window.
“The 24-year-old can play on either side of the back line, and can also balance his ability to make forward runs with his defensive duties. As a proven player at Championship level, he would be a quality signing for Portsmouth if they were to snap him up.”
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“Bringing in Cavare looks like a great bit of business for Portsmouth.
“The South Coast club have already swooped for one out of favour Tykes player in Cameron McGeehan and now it seems they have their sights set on another.
“Cavare impressed me under Adam Murray but doesn’t seem to be someone that is in Gerhard Struber’s plans.
“The wide man has proven his quality in League One before and played a key part in Barnsley’s promotion campaign last season.
“He would add some real quality to the Pompey squad and would boost their promotion credentials.”
“This would be a serious coup for Pompey and could well fire them to promotion.
“It is a big build-up for a right-back, but Cavare was brilliant for Barnsley in League One last season and I am surprised that his departure is even a possibility.
“Whilst James Bolton has done OK in that role so far this season, they are perhaps lacking the attacking impetus needed to really push on and up the table.
“Cavare would bring a whole different dimension to their style of play and that is something that often proves crucial in the run-in.”