Portsmouth Attacker Linked With Imps Switch

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During last season’s transfer window, the Imps were locked in a chain that saw our move for John Marquis dependent on Portsmouth signing a player.

It seems we could be locked in a chain with Pompey again, only this time, we’re targeting Reeco Hackett-Fairchild if reports are to be believed. Reporter Andrew Moon, usually a good source of Pompey chat, has suggested they’re willing to let the 25-year-old leave Fratton Park, and we’re thought to be in negotiation along with Cambridge United for the player’s signature.

Hackett-Fairchild was a youth with Norwich City, before spending two years at Charlton. Following his release at the Valley he joined Bromley, where he showed prolific form, scoring eight in 20 matches. That led to a January 2020 move to Pompey, with a two-and-a-half year deal agreed, and an option for a further year. He’s been in and out of the side on the South Coast, starting just 21 matches and coming off the bench 28 times, scoring five league goals. One of those league goals, unsurprisingly, was against the Imps last November, in a game we lost 3-0.

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This season, he’s bagged five goals in all competitions, although only one in League One. He’s entering the final six months of his deal, and that looks likely to signal the end of his career with Portsmouth. He recently started their 1-0 defeat against Spurs in the FA Cup, but has only been used from the bench in the matches since.

I remember him moving to Bromley, and the form he showed when he got there. I always thought he might be the sort of player we’d target one day, as he was raw, but had a bit of pedigree from a higher division. However, it is just rumour at the moment, and for those who think I know stuff, I don’t, not about this. Much depends, I guess, on how things pan out as the day progresses.