Barnsley and Bristol Rovers have joined Coventry City in the race to sign Portsmouth striker Conor Chaplin, according to the Portsmouth News. 

Coventry are understood to be in pole position for the Pompey forward but they now face late competition from the Tykes and the Pirates.

The Sky Blues are the striker’s preferred destination, but it all depends on whether the League Two Playoff champions can match Pompey’s valuation.

Marc McNulty recently left Coventry for Reading in a deal worth up to £1.5m and Mark Robins is now on the lookout for his replacement.

The Scotsman bagged 28 goals for the club last season and his goals will be hard to replace ahead of the upcoming League One season.

Chaplin has made 104 appearances for the South Cast club, scoring on 22 occasions.

However, he has been predominantly used as an impact substitution during his time at Fratton Park ad most of his goals have come off the bench.

Barnsley were relegated from the Championship last season and they look set to lose top scorer Tom Bradshaw to Millwall.

Therefore, new Reds boss Daniel Stendel is on the lookout for attacking reinforcements in a bid to fill the void left by the Welshman.

Bristol Rovers narrowly missed out on the Playoffs last season and Darrell Clarke is aiming to sign Chaplin in a bid to bolster his striking options.

The Pompey academy graduate is a man in demand this summer and with a trio of clubs chasing his signature, it remains unclear as to where his future lies.


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