Newly promoted Coventry City are chasing Portsmouth striker Conor Chaplin as the Sky Blues look to replace Marc McNulty, according to The Portsmouth News. 

McNulty netted 28 goals for the Sky Blues last season, but the Scotsman appears to be off to Reading, leaving Mark Robins with a void to fill in his attack.

The Royals had two bids for the striker turned down by Coventry last week, but a third offer has reportedly been accepted by the League One new boys.

Chaplin has come through the ranks at the South Coast club, making his debut for Pompey in 2014.

In 104 appearances for the club, he has found the back of the net on 22 occasions, but has been primarily used as an impact sub.

Chaplin is now entering in to the final year of his contract at Fratton Park, and Pompey have a decision to make over his future.

They could sell him for cash this summer, or risk losing him on a free transfer next year if he elects not to sign a new contract.

He scored 5 goals in the third tier last season, but was restricted to just 13 starts under Kenny Jackett.

It is understood that former Portsmouth skipper, and current Coventry captain, Michael Doyle is a huge admirer of Chaplin and recommended him to Robins as McNulty’s potential replacement.

Chaplin has played once for Portsmouth in pre-season so far, netting two goals in a friendly with Cork.

With McNulty set to depart the Ricoh Arena, the Sky Blues are turning their attentions to the Pompey striker in an attempt to replace last seasons top scorer.


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