Portsmouth Receive Significant Transfer Boost

Portsmouth have received a transfer boost with the news that Bournemouth has officially released former attacker Jamal Lowe.

The 29-year-old was widely expected to leave the club this summer, but today’s announcement has confirmed expectations. That leaves Lowe, who spent two seasons with Portsmouth before stepping up to the Championship, as a free agent. Pompey were credited with an interest in him back in April, and the way is now clear for an approach, if they see fit to do so.

However, Pompey’s hunt for the former Barnet man will not be plain sailing. Dropping out of the Premier League means he will have certain wage expectations, and that is enough to put off Swansea City, who have also been linked with a move.

“I think it’s going to be difficult because Jamal is on a Premier League salary. That could be a real issue,” Swansea boss Luke Williams said recently of interest in Lowe. “Jamal’s contract in his first spell here was probably when the club were still working almost on a Premier League budget.”

That is also likely to affect Portsmouth, who have stepped up a division but are unlikely to break the bank for new signings. The other factor is the number of clubs thought to be admiring Lowe. They include Derby County, Watford, Millwall, and the Old Farm rivals, Ipswich and Norwich.

Of the chasing pack, Ipswich may be best placed to acquire his services, having stepped up to the Premier League this season.

Starting out at Barnet, Lowe had numerous loans in the non-league scene before leaving for St Albans in 2015. After two years plying his trade in the lower reaches of English football, he secured a move to then-League Two signs Portsmouth.

The attacker had 47 goal involvements in 119 outings for Pompey after signing from Hampton and Richmond in 2017. That form alerted Wigan, where he spent a single season, before moves to Swansea (for £800,000) and latterly Bournemouth (£1.5 million).

Despite helping the Cherries into the Premier League, he was unable to force a place in their starting XI, leading to loans back to the Championship with QPR and Swansea.

Writer’s View

Lowe would certainly be a force for Portsmouth in the Championship, and his previous connections will also be a factor. However, born in Harrow, he may wish to stay in London, with Watford seemingly a good fit for his attributes.

The big question is around cost. The Championship isn’t awash with money, and he may have to lower any wage expectations to secure the right move. At 29, he’s at a point where there might be a consideration that this is the last genuinely big pay day, so he may follow the money.

That’s not the slur on a player that fans seem to think it is. The highest bidder is more likely to get an older player knowing their career is reaching its peak, as opposed to a young player who may be choosing a club based on football reasons.

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