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What is the latest with Marcus Harness at Portsmouth as Blackburn Rovers eye move?

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With the January transfer window now fast approaching, one player whose future looks set to be the subject of much speculation, is Portsmouth’s Marcus Harness.

The winger has been in impressive form for Pompey already this season, scoring eight goals in 18 appearances in all competitions, including three in his last three games.

However, that has perhaps not surprisingly, started to seemingly attract plenty of interest in the 25-year-old from elsewhere.

Recent reports from The Lancashire Telegraph have revealed that Blackburn Rovers are considering a move for Harness when the market reopens at the turn of the year.

Indeed, fresh updates now mean that a move from Rovers to try and bring Harness to Ewood Park in January would make perfect sense.

It was confirmed on Tuesday morning that Blackburn’s on loan Leeds United winger Ian Poveda looks likely to miss the rest of the season, after suffering a fractured fibula and ankle ligament damage in the club’s 1-1 draw with Bristol City on Saturday afternoon.

That means that Rovers now have a void in the squad that will surely need filling, and Harness is a player who presents a viable option for the club to do that with.

Indeed, with Harness set to be out of contract with Portsmouth at the end of this season, some of a Rovers persuasion may have hoped that this would be a viable option from a financial perspective as well.

However, it seems that Pompey are understandably reluctant to let Harness go without a fight.

Speaking about the winger’s future in the wake of those links emerging, Portsmouth manager Danny Cowley insisted that the club are under no pressure to sell Harness in January.

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The Pompey manager also revealed that he is confident that the club will trigger the 12-month option in Harness’ contract to secure his future with the club until the summer of 2022, putting them in a stronger position to negotiate any offers that come in for the winger.

As a result, it seems Blackburn may have a battle on their hands to secure the services of the winger in January. But considering their need for attacking reinforcements, and Harness’ impressive recent record – not to mention the funds from Adam Armstrong’s summer sale that are still available to them – that may be a battle that they are ready for.


UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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