Portsmouth have been joined by Preston North End, in the race to sign Accrington Stanley midfielder Tommy Leigh this summer, as reported by journalist Jordan Cross from The News.
The 23-year-old was a key figure for John Coleman’s side last season, but the £200,000 rated man now looks destined for a summer exit, with clubs joining the race for his signature.
Who is Tommy Leigh?
Leigh was born in Portsmouth but began his footballing career with Non-League side Bognor Regis Town, up until 2021 when he completed a permanent switch to Accrington Stanley.
Last season, Leigh made 50 appearances in all competitions for Stanley, scoring 12 goals and assisting a further four, contributing to a goal almost every three matches.
Is a play-off push on the cards?
Portsmouth had a tough 2022/23 campaign, whilst also parting company with manager Danny Cowley. He was replaced by John Mousinho, which saw a turn in fortune for the League One side, as they pushed to secure a late play-off push.
However, they fell short at the final hurdle, finishing in 8th place, seven points outside of the top six. The club have been busy in the transfer window already, landing six new additions, including the likes of Ben Stevenson, Anthony Scully and Will Norris.
What’s been said?
According to a report from Jordan Cross, Portsmouth will face competition from Preston North End for the midfielder’s signature this summer.
The 23-year-old is reportedly valued at £200,000, which makes the deal affordable for both teams. The difficulty for Pompey is that Preston can offer him Championship football.
Portsmouth are arguably running out of time in their hopes of securing Leigh’s signature this summer. Although Pompey is his local side, Preston is much closer to the player’s current location, therefore making them a viable option too.
At just £200,000, I am surprised that there are just two clubs interested in his signature. However, if Pompey want him, they need to get a deal done quickly before they lose out for good.