Winger latest in Whittingham’s sights

Matty Blair has held talks with Pompey as manager Guy Whittingham attempts to put a squad together for League Two next season
Matty Blair has held talks with Pompey as manager Guy Whittingham attempts to put a squad together for League Two next season

Matty Blair is the latest transfer target on Pompey’s radar.

The York wideman has held talks with the Blues in order to join Guy Whittingham’s charge back from English football’s basement division.

Free-agent Blair is a name on Whittingham’s lengthy hit-list as he goes about putting his squad together for next season.

Yet Luton’s Solomon Taiwo is not a man wanted by the Pompey manager.

Taiwo has been linked with a summer move to Fratton Park after his contract with the Hatters came to a close.

The 28-year-old, however, is not a player Whittingham is focusing on as he continues to assemble his squad.

But the Blues boss is keen on Blair, who has become a highly-regarded and influential figure at League Two York.

The 22-year-old hit seven goals in 49 appearances last season at Bootham Crescent.

That followed 12 goals in the previous campaign, which included the winner in the Blue Square Bet Premier play-off final at Wembley.

Blair has indicated to York boss Nigel Worthington he won’t be renewing his contract this summer after becoming a free agent.

Talks over a new deal with the Minstermen broke down earlier this year and the former Kidderminster man has made it clear he is listening to other offers.

Now Pompey is looking increasingly likely to be his destination after the player was offered a deal by the Blues.

Blair is one of a host of players Whittingham has now met as he cranks up his hunt for new recruits.

He has held positive talks with a string of targets who are out of contract this summer.

Discussions are also moving along well with a number of players who spent last term with the Blues.

Patrick Agyemang will spearhead Pompey’s attack in the new campaign after agreeing a two-year deal.

The 32-year-old has inked a pre-contract and will become a Blues player on July 1 when his existing agreement with Stevenage comes to a close.

That’s a boost after the impact he made in 15 appearances on loan at the end of the season, bagging three goals.

Taiwo is not a player who is in Pompey’s sights, though, despite talk of the Blues being one of a host of sides keen on his services.

Whittingham is continuing his player search apace and is keen to wrap up his work quickly.

He said: ‘There are players out of contract at their clubs.

‘There are players who are not sure if they are going to be playing here or there.

‘We’ve looked at so many games and players already.

‘We’re making plenty of phone calls and meeting plenty of people.

‘We have to do the hard work to put the squad together as quickly as we can.

‘Managers and coaches will not stop. We’re carrying on that work this week.’