Cook wants Bennett - and Ryan

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POMPEY are closing in on making Kyle Bennett the first Pompey transfer of Paul Cook’s reign.

And the Blues boss is also pursuing Chesterfield’s Jimmy Ryan.

Kyle Bennett, left, celebrates scoring for Doncaster Rovers with team-mate James Coppinger Howard Roe/ahpix.com

Kyle Bennett, left, celebrates scoring for Doncaster Rovers with team-mate James Coppinger Howard Roe/ahpix.com

Both Bennett and Ryan are out of contract this summer and have swiftly been targeted by Cook to strengthen his squad.

As revealed by The News yesterday, left-winger Bennett is on Pompey’s radar following an excellent season with Doncaster Rovers in League One, adding consistency to his game.

Meanwhile, 26-year-old Ryan has turned down the offer of a new Chesterfield contract and Cook is eager to be reunited with the holding midfielder.

The Blues’ manager said: ‘I won’t comment on other club’s players, but the good thing is Kyle is out of contract and is a player we are after.

We will see if they come, if they don’t you move onto your next target and just keep working away

Paul Cook

‘He is somebody I think our supporters will love. He’s a good age, has football intelligence, can score a goal and is one on our radar.

‘Kyle has been down in Portsmouth already, we met him on Thursday.

‘He’s an outstanding player and one if we can get over the line can be everything that goes with being a Portsmouth player.

‘We are also after Jimmy Ryan. He’s a good player, a round peg in a round hole.

‘He is a supply line for people in front of him. The people in front of him will be more gifted than him and need the ball.

‘The more you give your gifted players the ball, the more we create.

‘We will see if they come. If they don’t you move on to your next target and just keep working away.

‘There are so many players out there. It’s not about one or two players, it’s about having your scouting network all in place.’

Another player to be linked with a Fratton Park switch is Chesterfield’s Gary Roberts.

The 31-year-old midfielder is a fans’ favourite for the Spireites and has an excellent record for promotion and reaching the play-offs.

Operating as one of the three behind the striker in a 4-2-3-1 system, he weighed in with 11 assists as Chesterfield reached the League One play-off semi-finals.

However, he is under contract until the summer of 2016.

Cook added: ‘Gary is under contract so I won’t talk about him.

‘I don’t comment on other club’s players. That is my policy, so I won’t be saying anything more about Gary.

‘I don’t think that is the right thing to do.’