Portsmouth are looking at signing Middlesbrough’s Marcus Tavernier as their move for Newcastle United’s Sean Longstaff has been delayed according to a report from the Portsmouth News.

Portsmouth are now trying to sign some loanees ready for the new season and had looked ready to sign Longstaff from Newcastle. The midfielder is seen as a big talent and would have been a huge boost to the Portsmouth first team had he signed for the club today like expected. But Newcastle decided to delay the move as they want to keep him for another two weeks so they can see if he could potentially break into their first team.

The south coast club now face a tough choice. They could still wait to sign Longstaff as he is likely to be available in just two weeks. However, Portsmouth may want to get a player in now so they can get used to their tactics and playing in their team in pre-season and they have identified a player who would be an ideal signing should they no longer want Longstaff.

Tavernier is the man they want and he already looks like he could be a star of the future. The 19-year-old winger, who is the brother of James Tavernier and has also got four England U19s caps, spent some time on loan at MK Dons and impressed in his seven appearances for them. And should Portsmouth be too impatient to wait for Longstaff, he could soon be heading to the south coast to get more experience.

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