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Pitman Close to Joining Portsmouth
Thursday, 13th Jul 2017 09:32

TWTD understands that Blues striker Brett Pitman is close to joining League One Portsmouth.

As revealed in May, the 29-year-old, along with midfielder Kevin Bru, was told he can find a new club over the summer having been in and out of the starting XI for much of his two years at Portman Road. It’s understood there is no fee involved.

A return to the south coast - he has had two spells with AFC Bournemouth - would seem ideal for the Jersey-born striker, who has a year left on his Town contract, although it was understood he was keen to stay in the Championship.

Pitman joined the Blues on a free transfer from the Cherries in the summer of 2015 at the same time that Tyrone Mings moved to Dean Court and Ryan Fraser signed for Town on a season-long loan.

The 6ft tall frontman was the Blues’ top scorer with 11 goals in his first season at the club, while last term he netted only four. Overall he made 42 starts and 28 sub appearances for Town.

Last week manager Mick McCarthy revealed that the Blues had received interest from a club wanting to sign one of his players on a permanent basis.

After the 5-0 friendly win at Drogheda on Saturday, in which Pitman netted the first goal, he added: “We’ll wait until we get back and see if it goes any further.”

Pitman’s probable exit will mean the Blues are likely to step up their moves to bring in another striker.

McCarthy said a fortnight ago that Town are "going to have to lose some before we go around signing too many others" with the one-time Bristol City man understood to be one of the higher earners at the club.

Meanwhile, we understand the Blues have ended their interest in former loanee Ryan Tunnicliffe, who is a free agent having left Fulham at the end of last season.

Having signed Emyr Huws and Tom Adeyemi in recent weeks it’s likely Town boss McCarthy feels he is now well covered for senior central midfielders.

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Michael11 added 09:36 - Jul 13
Shame to see him go. With fitness and the right service, he'd definitely get goals. It'll be interesting to see who we try and sign as a replacement.

iaintaylorx added 09:39 - Jul 13
WIll definitely score goals for them. Good luck Pits! Even though we have signed Garner, we now definitely need another striker, preferably a target man!

trueblues78 added 09:40 - Jul 13
Good luck to him. If I was a Pompey fan I would be very happy. At that level he should be banging them in for fun - as long as he suits their play. On a free is a great deal and helps with his wages.

Currie10 added 09:40 - Jul 13
Pleased with this to be honest - isn't going to fit into the system so best for all.

SURELY another champ club playing to his strengths would take him.

Good luck in your new venture.

Brett out = someone in :)

Currie10 added 09:40 - Jul 13
Pleased with this to be honest - isn't going to fit into the system so best for all.

SURELY another champ club playing to his strengths would take him.

Good luck in your new venture.

Brett out = someone in :)

BlueandTruesince82 added 09:41 - Jul 13
Shame as he has goals in him. 10 notes on him to be lg1 top scorer I think

Radlett_blue added 09:42 - Jul 13
Hope we don't need to give him a pay-off to go. Decent striker who always seemed more effective from the bench when the game had opened up somewhat.

12th_Man added 09:43 - Jul 13
Pleased with this looks so lazy last season

Edmundo added 09:47 - Jul 13
Optimistic view: we're offloading him as we have a target identified. Definitely think this summer we're upping our game with regards to acquiring players.

chenners17 added 09:49 - Jul 13
Well the rumours on twitter are that we are close to signings John Marquis from Doncaster - scored 26 goals last season inLeague 2

ClausThomsen added 09:50 - Jul 13
Perfect move for him.

He'd still be useful as a supersub but McCarthy stopped bringing him off the bench in January.

If Pitman goes and we sign that Icelander from Wolves (or a player of a similar ilk) then that's a great bit of dealing from Mick.

Bluedandy added 09:53 - Jul 13

Good league 1 striker but average for the championship.

Also needs to rethink the perma-facial stubble look.

hoppy added 09:59 - Jul 13
Would be a good move for him, and will score goals regularly if played in a style more suited. I always felt his best position for us was sitting on the bench and coming on later in games rather than starting, but towards the end of the season, Mick wasn't even doing that, seeming to favour bringing Moore on instead - so probably the right time for him to move on.

Ferguson added 10:12 - Jul 13
Not exactly lazy, just a bit off the pace and not as whippet fit as some in the squad. If he hadn't looked de-motivated (and kind of chubby for a footballer) last season it would've helped his cause with MM.

Good luck to him, and thanks for the goals. Time for new blood.


Lightningboy added 10:14 - Jul 13
If he stays fit I predict he'll knock in 25-30 goals next season in League 1.

Hope this means we've got a decent replacement lined up...preferably not a loanee.

Simonds92 added 10:15 - Jul 13
Happy with this, very average and hugely overrated player offers nothing outside the box and his record with us shows he doesn't offer a great deal in the box either! Must have at least scored 7 as a sub meaning when he's started games he has a 1 in 5 record. For someone that offers nothing else, that's simply not good enough.

ShropshireBluenago09 added 10:20 - Jul 13
Good player technically, but too much of a luxury player for McCarthy and a bit lazy. Recall him falling out with McGoldrick? on TV, because he didnt play a through ball.
Good to get him off the wage bill and bring in someone with a bit more desire.

trevski added 10:22 - Jul 13
It will be a shame to see him go :( I did actually like Pitman. He may have not had the best goal scoring record while with us but he did always make a great impact sub. If he does go I wish him all the best, can join up with Clarke. Let's just hope his departure means we can get a permanent proven striker in (not Samuel or Bodvarsson)

unknown100 added 10:27 - Jul 13
Great signing for Portsmouth! Will be a hell of a league one player, I like pitman but looking forward to trying to reach the premier league, is that with pitman leading the line? Probably not, hopefully we get a good replacement and never look back,

bluearmy78 added 10:28 - Jul 13
I was really excited when we signed Pits but unfortunately for him he never got the game time for whatever reason. I just hope that we get a striker in who can compliment Garner. Pitman will get a shed loads of goals for Pompey but no point in keeping him if he doesn't fit into Micks plan. I wish him all the best

wherescounago added 10:29 - Jul 13
We will live to regret this decision!

OldClactonBlue added 10:31 - Jul 13
Sorry to see him go. A decent player in a team playing their football on the ground.

Wallingford_Boy added 10:42 - Jul 13
Anyone that struggles to curl 10KG can go in my eyes..

Pilgrimblue added 10:43 - Jul 13
Good luck to him and he's going to join club that plays it on the deck. I'm sure he'll do very well and give Pompy many goals to remember

titanicclown added 10:54 - Jul 13
Never got the "skillful no.10" label. Ive never seen him beat a man, hes got no tricks and no great vision. The bloke's just a half decent finisher who spends have the game sucking up to opposition players. Mick needs a nasty big fella. Pleased about Tunnicliffe too - he would only hamper Dozzell's progress.

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