Awford: No Potter approach

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Andy Awford insists he has not approached Oxford United about a move for Alfie Potter.

But the Blues’ manager has refused to rule out the situation changing.

Pompey have been linked with a switch for the 26-year-old, who has been made available by the U’s.

Oxford boss Michael Appleton has told the former Hawks winger he can leave the Kassam Stadium after making just nine League Two starts this season.

Awford has reduced his wide options in recent weeks by loaning Ricky Holmes to Northampton and not renewing the temporary deals of Lee Holmes and Miles Storey.

Now Potter, who has made 194 appearances and scored 28 times for the U’s, is on the market.

Awford said: ‘Nobody has spoken to Oxford about Alfie.

‘I am not saying I am not interested but at the moment we haven’t spoken to him.

‘He’s a good player, obviously. But he’s Oxford’s player and it’s not right for me to comment on other peoples’ players.’

Meanwhile, Danny East has been made available for loan.

The versatile performer is still feeling his way back from injury, following five months out with injury.

Pompey are prepared to send him out for game time to aid his recovery.

The 22-year-old has featured in the last three reserve fixtures, making his first start of his comeback at Fulham last week.

He also netted after appearing as substitute in the Final Third Development League fixture at Leyton Orient last month.

East’s stay at Pompey has been blighted by a succession of injuries.

He’s managed just 19 appearances and one goal in his time with the Blues.

The former Hull man is out of contract in the summer.