The Portsmouth News understands that Sky Bet League Two champions Portsmouth are set to end their quest to try and bring striker Marc McNulty back to the club. Bristol Rovers and Coventry City were also keen on the player, but it is believed that player is set to sign for Mansfield Town.

It is understood that the Stags, managed by Steve Evans and are set for a huge promotion push next season, have offered a great financial package. He would likely be a regular starter at that level as well, and the overall overview on offer makes that very hard for the player to resist.

The 24-year-old is no stranger to Fratton Park having enjoyed a loan spell with Pompey back in the 2015/16 campaign. So much so, he actually ended that season as their top scorer. The player himself has often spoken of his hope to return to the club one day, but it would appear that time isn’t set to be this summer.

The Scot was released by Sheffield United recently following the expiration of his deal with the Blades. He spent time on loan at Bradford City last season as well. Should Portsmouth miss out on McNulty, they will still focus all of their energies into bolstering their forward line ahead of the step back into the English third-their.

As mentioned, Bristol Rovers and Coventry City will also be disappointed with the likely outcome of this transfer. Darrell Clarke is still truly looking to replace Matty Taylor, whilst Coventry are aiming to rebuild following relegation. They too will focus their efforts elsewhere. This however looks set to be yet more great news for Mansfield, who have already been busy assembling their squad ahead of what should be an exciting season at the One Call Stadium.

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