Fans’ hopes of a return to Pompey for Marko Futacs have been dashed.
Caretaker boss Guy Whittingham has poured cold water on talk of a return to Fratton Park for the Hungarian powerhouse.
And he has distanced the Blues from talk of a move for Aldershot striker Danny Hylton.
Hylton scored a hat-trick before he was sent off in the Shots’ 3-1 FA Cup triumph over Rotherham on Saturday.
But Whittingham said he was not on the Blues’ radar.
Suggestions of a loan return for Futacs are unlikely to come to fruition with Pompey unable to cover the wages the 22-year-old would command.
The 6ft 5in striker scored five goals while at Pompey but has found starts at current club Leicester hard to come by.
Whittingham said: ‘That’s the first time I have heard that lad’s name (Danny Hylton).
‘Marko’s name keeps coming up but he’s involved at Leicester and is a Leicester player.
‘I can’t see anything happening with that one.’
Whittingham and Andy Awford face a testing time over the coming days.
A clutch of players’ deals will come to a close on January 15.
Scott Allan has left the club – his loan came to an end after the Walsall game.
But one player who wants to stay put is striker Paul Benson.
The 33-year-old has turned down the offer of a move to Bradford, despite the uncertainty that remains at Fratton Park.
Whittingham said: ‘All along Paul has loved it down here.
‘That’s the thing with a lot of players who come here.
‘They like playing here because of the support we have.
‘He’s one of those who wants to be here.’
– JORDAN CROSS