Portsmouth boss John Mousinho has delivered an update on the club’s pursuit of Chelsea attacking midfielder Timo Anjorin, as reported by The Portsmouth News.
The Pompey boss has admitted that the South Coast club are still waiting to hear back from the Premier League side over a deal for their attacking midfielder. Mousinho last spoke to the Blues over Anjorin’s availability on Wednesday but has not heard from the side since. And there are now fears that the 21-year-old may be on his way to the Netherlands with FC Volendam.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding the signing, Mousinho has reassured fans that there will be more signings this summer, as the boss admitted he does have a plan B prepared to implement. The signing was believed to be a loan deal, with Chelsea agreeing to allow Anjorin to go out on loan this summer weeks ago.
Portsmouth recruited several players this summer, signing free agents like Regan Poole. Mousinho appears to have changed the recruitment process, with the club taking players on loan more than anything else in recent years. However, this trend seems to have changed with the management change, as the club currently only have Abu Kamara on loan from Norwich in their squad.
Mousinho and his side kicked off their season with a clash against Joey Barton’s Bristol Rovers at Fratton Park yesterday but came out disappointed, as they played out a 1-1 draw. The club’s next league fixture comes against Lincoln. And with other options available in the number 10 department, the Pompey boss has expressed his desire to complete any deal quickly and have them available for his team in that fixture. Mousinho has also stated he does believe his next signing will be a loan deal.
Anjorin is a talented midfielder, but with his last loan spell coming in the Championship with Huddersfield Town, both the club and player most likely see him playing his football at a higher level than Portsmouth’s this season. Pompey have added plenty to their squad this summer, and a number 10 is something that should have been addressed sooner, with Mousinho making signings in departments he already had solid options for.