Coventry City have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of highly-rated Portsmouth forward Conor Chaplin, according to Alan Nixon of The Sun.

The Sky Blues have been closely tracking the 21-year-old versatile forward for weeks now and were believed to be in pole position for the youngster as recently as yesterday afternoon, but it appears there could be another twist in this transfer saga.

When questioned over the future of the Worthing-born forward, Nixon responded “Don’t think Chaplin goes anywhere right now”, which likely means a setback in Coventry’s attempts to lure him to the Midlands.

The Robins have enjoyed a prolific summer transfer window so far, with manager Mark Robins moving quick to secure the services of seven new players already.

Several of these signings have been attacking ones, with perhaps the most exciting of the bunch being the arrival of highly-rated Chelsea attacker Dujon Sterling on loan, as well as the return of Jonson Clarke-Harris on a permanent deal and the signing of Dulwich Hamlet hero Reise Allassani.

However, with last season’s League Two top scorer Marc McNulty departing the club to join Reading in a seven-figure move, Robins is clearly on the lookout for new arrivals and Chaplin could be the perfect replacement for ‘Sparky’ at the Ricoh Arena.

Capable of playing up front or out on the wing, Chaplin would add versatility to this Coventry squad and with a record of 22 goals in 104 appearances, could mature into an excellent acquisition for the Sky Blues, should they resurrect this transfer.

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