According to the latest reports, West Bromwich Albion’s young goalkeeper Luke Daniels could join Pompey on a season-long loan.
Daniels, who came through the ranks at Manchester United, joined West Brom in 2004 but has yet to make a first team appearance. Since joining the Baggies, Daniels has been loaned out to no less than seven different clubs – Motherwell, Shrewsbury, Tranmere, Charlton, Rochdale, Bristol Rovers and Rochdale.
The Portsmouth News reported yesterday that the Blues were after a young Premier League goalkeeper with lower league experience – outlining Spurs’ David Button, Norwich’s Jed Steer and Daniels as the possible targets.
The Daily Star have followed those reports up today and claim that Daniels could link back up with former Baggies coach and now Pompey manager, Michael Appleton. The English stopper is likely to be given a lot of good advice about life at Pompey, with current team-mates Scott Allan and George Thorne having spent loan periods at Fratton Park, whilst West Brom’s goalkeeper coach, Dean Kiely, is a former Fratton stopper himself!
The 24-year-old has made 47 appearances in League One and another 50 in League Two, so his experience in the lower divisions of the Football League are vital for Pompey and the young goalkeeper.
Pompey remain without a goalkeeper currently after Jamie Ashdown and Matthew Gledhill were released at the end of the season, whilst Stephen Henderson was sold to West Ham. Pompey were looking to snap up Australian goalkeeper Daniel Nizic, after spending most of the season on trial at Pompey, but he looks set to join Championship side Burnley.
If reports and rumours are to be believed, West Brom and Daniels are in agreement about allowing the youngster to join Pompey for the season, but the Blues will need to wait for the Football League’s seal of approval before it is set in stone.
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