After a transfer saga that has rumbled on for much of the summer transfer window, Portsmouth attacker Jamal Lowe looks set to make a move away, with Championship sider Wigan Athletic said to be his destination. And, it has been reported that Pompey are wasting no time in bringing in Lowe’s successor.

A report from the Portsmouth News has claimed that Portsmouth are closing in on a deal for winger Marcus Harness, who plays for fellow League One side Burton Albion.

The club are reportedly in negotiations with over a deal with the Burton Albion man, who was at Portsmouth’s training ground for negotiations and to see his potential new surroundings ahead of a switch to the South coast.

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While a move away for star winger Lowe, who contributed 17 goals and nine assists across all competitions, would be a hefty blow to Kenny Jackett’s plans, Harness’ impressive performances over the course of last season would come in to fill his boots. Harness scored six goals and provided seven assists across all competitions as Burton finished in 9th place.

Given his importance in the Burton side last season, it is unlikely that Harness will be a cheap signing for Pompey, especially with the added factor that he still has a year remaining on his contract with the club.

Harness has come through the academy at Burton Albion and made his breakthrough into senior football at the tail end of the 2013/14 season. Since then, he has spent time on loan with Aldershot (two games) and Port Vale (42 games, two goals and five assists), also going on to play 83 times for the Brewers.


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