Harry - Nugent going nowhere
Harry Redknapp has denied any reports that front man David Nugent will be sent out on loan.
By Joe Drabble
Last Updated: 07/02/08 4:22pm
Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp has denied any reports that front man David Nugent will be sent out on loan following the recent influx of attacking players at Fratton Park.
Redknapp brought in Jermain Defoe from Tottenham and Milan Baros from Lyon and will soon be welcoming back Nigeria pair Nwankwo Kanu and John Utaka from Africa Cup of Nations duty.
Yet despite the obvious congestion in the front line, Redknapp has laughed off suggestions that Nugent is heading out on loan, with former club Preston and Ipswich both linked with a deal.
"Those suggestions are absolute rubbish," he said.
"There is not a chance. Do you think I paid all that money to sign him from Preston and then loan him back? That wouldn't be very clever.
"I've just got three strikers at the moment - if Kanu is fit. He got a knee injury in Africa and Utaka is really a winger.
"We are not exactly overloaded still for strikers."
Nugent is currently recovering from a hernia operation, but he has struggled since his £6million summer switch from North End.
The 22-year-old has failed to score a league goal for Pompey and has only started four Premier League games so far this season.
The England international has targeted the FA Cup fifth round clash against Preston as his comeback game, however he will have a battle on his hands to secure a starting spot.