Cotterill keen on Nugent stay
Steve Cotterill is determined to keep striker David Nugent at Portsmouth, despite interest from Bolton.
Last Updated: 26/07/10 11:51am
Portsmouth boss Steve Cotterill is determined to keep striker David Nugent at Fratton Park, despite reports linking him with a Bolton move.
Bolton manager Owen Coyle is apparently keen to reunite with Nugent after the forward netted six goals in 30 Premier League outings while on loan for him at Burnley last season.
Coyle is reportedly looking to offer Bolton duo Danny Shittu and Nicky Hunt in part-exchange for Nugent's services, and is ready to present the striker with first-team football opportunities.
But Nugent has expressed his desire to see out the last 12 months of his Pompey contract, and Cotterill insists no approach has been made for the forward.
"I haven't had any phone calls from Bolton and I don't anticipate getting any," Cotterill told Portsmouth News.
"David Nugent is happy to stay here. Besides, we can't afford to lose any more players.
"There has already been a situation where Nicky Hunt has been offered to us and I've said 'no' because I have somebody else in mind.
"I am also already working on a situation for a centre-half, so I don't know where the Shittu and Hunt speculation has come from.
"Maybe they are two guys Bolton want out of the way. But we are not about taking some other team's players they don't want just because it suits them.
"We are quite happy with David Nugent and he's happy to be here."