POMPEY’s summer rebuilding programme is stepping up a gear despite the likely big-money departures from Fratton Park still being at the club.
With James Bolton arriving as a direct replacement for Nathan Thompson, – manager Kenny Jackett confirming he expects the 28-year-old to leave at the end of the month – Gary Mackay-Steven has emerged as a potential successor to Jamal Lowe.
Scotland international Mackay-Steven’s contract at Aberdeen expires on June 30 and he has made it clear he is not looking for a new deal at Pittodrie.
Despite being left-footed, the 28-year-old can play on either wing, and with 14 goals in 68 appearances for Aberdeen, like Lowe he offers a genuine goal threat.
The former Celtic man was linked with a move to Major League Soccer with New York City, but interest from across the Atlantic has cooled, opening the door for Portsmouth.
The move should confirm the departure of Lowe who is interesting a host of clubs including Wigan and Leeds.
He was heavily linked with a move to Millwall but reports now indicate they will not pursue their interest in last season’s 17-goal top scorer. The Lions and Wigan have reportedly had bids for the 24-year-old rejected by Pompey, who are keen to recoup £3m for their top scorer.