Coventry City are close to completing a deal to sign Portsmouth’s Conor Chaplin according to a report from the Coventry Telegraph.

The Sky Blues may still be celebrating their promotion back to Sky Bet League One but they were dealt a huge blow last week. Their star striker Marc McNulty was signed by Reading which now leaves them without one of their best players going into this season. But the club have been working quickly to get a replacement and soon they will be getting a replacement in.

After reports said they were interested in signing Chaplin last week, this has now advanced further and Coventry are close to signing the Portsmouth striker. The 21-year-old striker came through the youth system at Portsmouth and was one of the many players who made the most of their drop down the leagues and mass sale of senior players. Since signing his first professional contract back in 2014, he has made over 100 appearances and has scored 22 goals.

But his time on the south coast is close to coming to an end. Even though Coventry have had a few bids, believed to be around the £250K mark, rejected they believe that they will soon have a deal wrapped up for the striker. This would be a massive boost for the West Midlands side. Coventry would have a battle on their hands to stay in League One without a goalscoring striker and while this transfer could be a flop, it’s easy to believe Coventry would be better with Chaplin than without.

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