Sky Bet League One club Coventry City face a nervous wait in the race to sign Portsmouth attacker Conor Chaplin according to the Coventry Telegraph.

The 21-year-old Worthing-born frontman is believed to be wanted by Barnsley, Bristol Rovers and the Sky Blues, although Portsmouth are unwilling to let the player leave without a fight.

Pompey have insisted that a suitable replacement for Chaplin must be found before a sale is considered, leaving Coventry City’s hopes of a deal for the player in limbo. Portsmouth are said to have identified Cheltenham Town goal machine Mohamed Eisa as a possible replacement for Chaplin but they look set to miss out on the player with Sunderland also interested.

The current situation looks as though Portsmouth are some way from recruiting a new forward player meaning that Coventry City may have to sit tight in their battle for Chaplin’s services.

Chaplin came through the academy system at Portsmouth after joining the club at just six years of age. The player has gone on to star for the first team at Fratton Park with the frontman netting 25 goals in 121 appearances.

The youngster’s career has gone from strength-to-strength at Fratton Park and the club are thought to have no concrete plans to sell him unless the right offer is received and a better replacement is recruited.


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