THE repercussions of Portsmouth’s failure to secure Championship football next season will likely lead to a raft of exits from the club over the coming weeks – Matt Clarke and Jamal Lowe topping the list of probable expensive departures.
Both have hinted that their futures lie at clubs at least a division above League One and there appears to be a queue chasing the services of the duo.
Nottingham Forest and Leeds United are the latest to be linked with Lowe while Stoke City are expected to firm up their interest in 22-year-old Clarke.
Despite manager Kenny Jackett wanting to build a side around players of their calibre, it would appear unlikely that the club would stand in the way of their ambitions.
Jackett confirmed a new centre-back is high on his wish list after the play-off defeat to Sunderland, with Jack Whatmough not expected to return to first team action until 2020.
A fee of around £3.5m should be enough to secure Clarke’s signature with Lowe, 24, hopefully raising a similar amount.
Definite departures this summer include Dion Donohue and Dan Smith with Portsmouth revealing they are still in discussions with Nathan Thompson over a new contract.
The club have also confirmed that January loan signings Omar Bogle, Viv Solomon-Otabor, James Vaughan and Lloyd Isgrove have all returned to their parent clubs.