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Harrison at Pompey and Closing in on Move
Thursday, 20th Jun 2019 15:04

Blues striker Ellis Harrison has been spotted at Portsmouth’s training ground as the Welshman moves closer to a switch to Town’s League One rivals.

The 25-year-old, who joined the Blues from Bristol Rovers last summer, was targeted by Pompey manager Kenny Jackett when he was still with the Pirates, again on loan in January and once more early in the close season, although it was understood their interest had cooled more recently.

However, the Newport-born frontman was photographed at the Hampshire club’s training ground today. We understand the deal is well progressed but not yet complete.

Harrison, who cost Town £750,000, started the season in Paul Hurst’s XI but appeared very infrequently after Paul Lambert took charge with injuries sidelining him for spells.

In total the former Wales U21 international made nine starts and eight substitute appearances during 2018/19, scoring just once, in the home draw with Sheffield United in December.

Portsmouth's new move for Harrison is likely to be a result of the income they will receive once former Town defender Matt Clarke joins Brighton, a fee of £3.9 million having been reported.

Town will receive 20 per cent of the profit Pompey make on Clarke, who it is understood was valued at £50,000 when part of the deal which saw him move to Fratton Park and Adam Webster join the Blues.

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wkj added 15:07 - Jun 20
Strange. I'd sooner he stayed than Jackson. Good luck to him though, but I feel wed be better off keeping him

MickMillsTash added 15:11 - Jun 20
wkj agreed do not think we ever saw him at his best - too isolated in most of the games.
I always think Jackett is a decent manager but lets hope Lambert has seen enough in training to be right in deciding to sell and that we have a good replacement lined up

robmonkey007 added 15:13 - Jun 20
Was described as a real handful when in league one previously so would have been useful to keep. Agree I would prefer him to stay then Jackson. I have faith in PL to get good players in but feel ME will have to reinvest some money. Just waiting for you know who now to jump on the comments spouting poo about how thick we all are and how he can run Ipswich better.

essextractorboy93 added 15:20 - Jun 20
Might be in the minority here but just not sure what Harrison has ever offered. Doesn't provide enough of a goal threat, doesn't get in goal scoring situations. He scored 1 in 16, that goal against Sheffield United and even that was deflected.

We have Norwood, Jackson, Sears (when fit), and need to sign certainly one or maybe two strikers I think.


casanovacrow added 15:25 - Jun 20
Unless we are making a significant profit, which is doubtful, this confuses me.
When he got game time he looked a solid forward. Lost very little in the air and held up the ball much better than the other options we had last season. If something happens to Norwood, or he takes a while to settle we are looking really weak up top. Pressure on new players didn't help last season, would've thought we'd be more careful this time.

Bluefox added 15:25 - Jun 20
Definitely caused defences more problems than Jackson and looked more of a goal threat. Unfortunately most of his game were under Hurst when he was totally isolated. I would much rather have seen Jackson go but I suspect there will be much less interest in him.

BlueBlood90 added 15:26 - Jun 20
This is another one that will come back to haunt us in my opinion. He is a very good striker at League One level with a proven track record. Selling him to a potential promotion rival is even more typically stupid of our club.

trncbluearmy added 15:29 - Jun 20
Good, frees up a wage and funds to get some quality in

TimmyH added 15:30 - Jun 20
Prefer that Jackson went rather than Harrison. Ellis looked better with the ball at his feet than Jackson and only started 11 games...not enough really to judge him on.

raycrawfordswig added 15:32 - Jun 20
Need a few defenders.

iaintaylorx added 15:32 - Jun 20
Might be the only one to think I’d rather keep Jackson? His pace will be lethal in League 1, but I think this is a bit of a mad decision? He was never given a fair chance and needed time... not to mention selling him to a promotion rival? Get a bit for him ad they’ve just for £12M for Clarkey!

harlingblue added 15:36 - Jun 20
Harrison has never been given a fair chance to succeed here. Always played up front last year as a lone striker in a poor Ipswich side, I would like him given the chance to play alongside Norwood.

afcfee added 15:39 - Jun 20
Bad call

StringerBell added 15:42 - Jun 20
Now watch him score in the home and away league against us next season.

Girthyguy added 15:48 - Jun 20
Thing is if he wants to go. Why keep him? Nobody really knows. Would like to think we have a replacement lined up. Seeing as Pompy just came into some money I would like to think we got more than we paid for him.

jas0999 added 15:48 - Jun 20
Yet more cuts and fees received. Appreciate we need to make savings as a result of relegation, but with Harrison going, surely we now need to sign two new strikers as Sears is out until November?

bluehert added 15:59 - Jun 20
Do we know the current prognosis for the Bens - Folami and Morris? I think they were initially slated for returns Novemberish.. if Sears and those two come back on schedule there would be 3 first-teamers and 2 youngsters, maybe a loan striker will be the interim solution

Terry_Nutkins added 16:00 - Jun 20
This will be to allow another target to join. If we get Keane free and not crazy wages then this will be very good business.

TractorRoyNo1 added 16:04 - Jun 20
cows ar$e and banjo springs to mind - bye

ITFCsince73 added 16:05 - Jun 20
I expected him to leave...but Pompey.

Nobbysnuts added 16:05 - Jun 20
Crazy decision. Even messi would of struggled in our team last season with no service and to a promotion rival. God give me strength. When will this club learn.

brendenward35 added 16:07 - Jun 20
Think everyone is forgetting what PL said a few weeks ago the squad is far too big so the squad needs trimming down. So this does actually make sense smaller squad less wages.
Don't expect many through the door but more to exit as we are taking a massive hit this season.

Bluearmy_81 added 16:08 - Jun 20
It's OK Rob everything's going swimmingly, we're going to pi ss this league, ME is god... Happy now?!! 😂🤣 Such unerring blind faith and confidence in those in power with you lot, must be a feudal, land thing 'hangover.' Good serf, know your place!! 😂

JohnyJohnson added 16:14 - Jun 20
This will probably bite us in the buns

kuyski added 16:19 - Jun 20
Loan out will be better than sell,still don't know Norwood can do the same goals rate or not in league one,Sears still recovery fom injury ! Jackson is not better than him in my opinion.
Keep him and loan out ,you never know what happen in January.

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