WHILE most eyes appear to be fixed on the departure board at Fratton Park, one arrival expected to be confirmed very soon is James Bolton.
The 24-year-old defender will join on a free with his contract at Shrewsbury Town expiring, the news coming as a blow to Sam Ricketts who was keen to keep him at New Meadow.
Reports in Shropshire, however, indicate he has told the club he has agreed to head to Portsmouth, with his arrival likely to confirm the departure of first-choice right-back Nathan Thompson.
Thompson shelved contract talks earlier this season until the summer, and it now appears highly unlikely he will return to the club with his current deal expiring in three weeks’ time.
Pompey fans will remember Bolton for his goal which won the game at Fratton Park back in January 2018. His decision to make the switch will no doubt have been influenced by Craig MacGillivray and Bryn Morris, both players moving from Shrewsbury to Portsmouth in the last year.
Meanwhile, there has been little concrete news on the potential departures of Matt Clarke and Jamal Lowe, with Clarke expected to be the first to leave the club this summer. The latest reports indicate that a proposed move to Brighton for the centre back is dependent on the two clubs agreeing a fee for the 22-year-old.