Midfielder move on course

Danny Hollands, centre. Picture: Joe Pepler
Danny Hollands, centre. Picture: Joe Pepler

Andy Awford revealed Pompey’s bid to land Danny Hollands remains on course.

And the Blues boss is expecting negotiations with the club’s out-of-contract players to accelerate over the next week.

Hollands was one of four loan players who ended the season at Fratton Park.

The 28-year-old was a runaway success in his loan stay from Charlton.

Hollands scored an outstanding five goals in seven appearances, including a final-day hat-trick against Plymouth.

Awford remains keen to bring the former Chelsea trainee in permanently.

He said: ‘There’s no secret that we’re trying to sign Danny Hollands. He has done great.

‘He’s gone back to Charlton but is out of contract in the summer.

‘If we can secure Danny Hollands at this football club we will try to do that on a permanent basis. There are ongoing talks on that front – but it’s one we’d like to try to do.’

Of the players who are no longer contracted to Pompey, talks are continuing over new deals for Jed Wallace, Bondz N’Gala, Nicky Shorey, Jack Maloney and Nick Awford.

Positive noises are being made on both sides when it comes to Wallace inking a new agreement.

Awford explained he is still weighing up how best to distribute the playing budget he has at his disposal.

But he is expecting to see progress on that front over the next week.

Awford said: ‘The other lads we are talking to and we are still deciding whether or not we can fit them into budget.

‘It’s a case of working out whether we can or we can’t and that’s something for the football club to decide.

‘We have to see where it goes over the next week or so.’