Highly rated Middlesbrough youngster Marcus Tavernier is set to join League One side Portsmouth on loan, with Aston Villa’s Andre Green also set for a Fratton Park move.
19-year-old Tavernier is going to be allowed to leave Boro, but only on loan as they rate him as one for the future. That is exactly the same position as Aston Villa find themselves in with Andre Green, the academy graduate who is already a fan favourite.
A host of Championship clubs have been monitoring the Tavernier situation, with Birmingham, Bolton and Ipswich all named as showing interest in the England Under-19 international. Tavernier, who spent part of last season with Milton Keynes Dons, looks likely to spend another spell in League One after Kenny Jackett seemingly convinced Tony Pulis that a Fratton Park move would be best.
As for Green, he too has been monitored by a collection of Championship sides, with our contact James Goodwin suggesting his move could still be scuppered by Norwich City in the coming hours. If it isn’t, he too will join up with Jackett’s ambitious League One side.
Portsmouth are on fire at the moment, linked with two exciting players from the Championship. Both could do a job for many second tier teams and both would be incredibly exciting on the flanks of League One.
Will they get both? Or is one insurance against losing the other? One thing is for sure, getting either into Fratton Park would seriously boost their automatic promotion chances.