Striker emerges as Pompey target

Striker Reuben Reid
Striker Reuben Reid

REUBEN Reid has emerged as one of Andy Awford’s first transfer targets.

The Pompey boss is mulling over a move for the man who smashed in 21 goals for Plymouth this season.

Awford revealed Reid is a player who interests him after a goal-laden period at Home Park.

But he is refusing to rush into any deals as he weighs up his transfer options.

Reid spent the last campaign on loan with the Pilgrims from parent club Yeovil.

He has now been released by the Glovers, though, and is generating interest after impressing in League Two.

The 23-year-old’s final goal of the season came in the last-day 3-3 draw against Pompey.

Reid gave Awford’s side big problems in that game and underlined why he has been keeping tabs on him.

Plymouth are the only side to have a firm offer on the table for the player at present.

No deal has been put forward by Pompey, and no move for Reid is imminent.

But Awford is now weighing up whether to change that for a player who is on his radar.

Awford said: ‘He’s one of a number of players we are currently addressing and having a look at.

‘He’s not our top or bottom target, but he’s a player we know about who is out of contract. We’ll see.

‘He did well last season for Plymouth, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him raise interest from other clubs.

‘That was a loan and he was Yeovil’s player, though.

‘I wouldn’t say he’s going to walk in the door next week, but he’s on the list.

‘He is one of many players we will weigh up over the next week.’

After announcing his retained list, Awford is ploughing ahead with his plans for putting a squad together for his first full season as Pompey boss.

Nine players were told they weren’t having their deals renewed, leaving the 41-year-old with a group of 21 senior players.

A number of those men will be expected to depart ahead of the new campaign, however.

That leaves Awford looking to bolster his options, although he’s not working to a set squad number.

Despite being in the marketplace for the best free agents with his rival clubs, Awford is promising he will not panic over bringing in any new additions.

‘We haven’t made any strides into addressing players yet. We’re still looking at it,’ said Awford.