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Danny Cowley reveals latest on Portsmouth star’s situation as contract expiry date arrives

Portsmouth boss Danny Cowley has said ‘communication’ with forward Aiden O’Brien is continuing as he prepares to officially become a free agent.

Portsmouth‘s options at the top of the pitch are looking seriously light on the ground at the moment. In fact, 18-year-old Dan Gifford is the only natural striker heading out to Spain for their pre-season training camp.

O’Brien is another option in attack but after rejecting two contract offers from Pompey, his deal expires today (June 30th – Transfermarkt).

Now, Cowley has issued an update on the former Millwall and Sunderland man’s situation.

Speaking with The News, the Portsmouth boss confirmed that ‘communication’ is ‘ongoing’ with the Irishman as they look to strike a deal to keep him at Fratton Park beyond the end of his current deal. Here’s what he had to say on the matter:

“We are in ongoing communication with Aiden.

“When you’re bringing a department together, you have to try to find players.

“Realistically, we are only going to be three forwards, so we have to make sure we have a complement of forwards and players that can all play with each other. And Aiden is a forward player.”

Heading for pastures new?

Portsmouth will be hoping they can strike a deal for the 28-year-old attacker this summer.

Losing him would only enhance their need for more forwards and given his pedigree in both the Championship and League One, it would be a blow to see him move on for pastures new. O’Brien netted five goals and laid on one assist in 17 games for Portsmouth in the second half of the campaign.

His ability to play anywhere across the front three will surely make him a player fancied by other clubs, but with Pompey still talking with O’Brien over a possible deal, the club will be hoping to secure an agreement soon.

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