Appy dismisses loan returns for popular duo

121221_SAINTS_PFC_7/4/12''Scott Allan celebrates the David Norris goal. Southampton FC V Portsmouth FC. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (121221-584)
121221_SAINTS_PFC_7/4/12''Scott Allan celebrates the David Norris goal. Southampton FC V Portsmouth FC. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (121221-584)
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Pompey have ruled out any possible loan return for George Thorne and Scott Allan.

The Blues currently have two slots free in their 18-man squad, one of which has already been allocated for a new striker.

But Michael Appleton has admitted out-of-favour West Brom midfielders Thorne and Allan are out of his budget.

The pair made massive impacts on loan from the Baggies last season, with Allan, in particular, emerging as a key performer towards the end of his stint.

Since heading back to their parent club, however, they have made just one first-team appearance between them.

Thorne featured in a Capital One Cup success at Yeovil, playing the entire 90 minutes, while Allan has not played a single match.

The Fratton faithful would love to see them back in a Pompey shirt and so would Appleton.

But he concedes finances dictate he cannot offer them a loan route back to the south coast.

Appleton said: ‘Thorne and Scott would not be able to come here with our financial circumstances, absolutely no chance.

‘I remember in the summer I was interested in Chris Wood but, in the end, from a financial point of view, that was never going to happen, either.

‘Don’t get me wrong, with the budget I thought I was getting back in May he (Wood) would have been a very easy one to do.

‘But they aren’t going to happen now.’

Allan made 15 appearances for Pompey last season, scoring one goal.

Meanwhile, England under-19 Thorne enjoyed two spells at Fratton Park, featuring 13 times.