The South London Press understands that Portsmouth have won the race for Swindon Town defender Nathan Thompson. Charlton Athletic had also offered a contract to the centre back, but the 26-year-old is said to have agreed a move to Fratton Park.

Thompson, who was captain of Swindon, has spent his entire professional playing career at the County Ground. His contract expired at the end of last season following relegation, and kept his options open by not signing an extension. Swindon did offer him a fresh deal. This led to many clubs expressing an interest, but Portsmouth look set to win that battle.

Kenny Jackett has taken the helm at Pompey this summer after Paul Cook elected to leave to take on the managerial reins at Wigan Athletic. Thompson’s experience at this level makes him a great asset and he is likely to be a regular starter at the heart of the Portsmouth defence next season. It will be a huge blow to Charlton and manager Karl Robinson, who is a big fan of Thompson but couldn’t compete financially with what their rivals Portsmouth have offered.

There has yet to be any official confirmation coming out of either Swindon or Portsmouth that this deal has gone through, but it is expected to be a formality. Thompson has played over 150 games for the Robins, making his debut all the way back in October 2010 in a cup tie against Torquay United. The Chester-born defender however is in search of a new challenge and he makes the move to Portsmouth who are looking to back-to-back promotions.

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