Blues set to get their man

Stevenage striker Patrick Agyemang
Stevenage striker Patrick Agyemang

Pompey are lining up Patrick Agyemang to bolster their striking options.

Guy Whittingham has made no secret of his desire to recruit a powerful centre forward who has a presence in the air.

The News understands that target is Stevenage striker Agyemang, who is set to seal a loan move when the emergency transfer window opens tomorrow.

He is expected to start training with the Blues today, with the visit to Bournemouth earmarked for his debut.

The 32-year-old hasn’t scored in 16 appearances for Stevenage this season, although more than half of those have been as a sub.

His last outing was on New Year’s Day when he started Boro’s 1-0 defeat at Walsall – only to be replaced at half-time. Agyemang has not made a first-team squad since, but has been hampered by a hamstring injury.

It is his playing style, however, which attracts Whittingham and his availability would give the Blues an added option up front along with James Keene, David Connolly and Ashley Harris.

As it is, Connolly is out for 10 days with a hamstring injury, while Pompey are hoping to extend Keene’s loan for another month.

In addition, a loan switch for Therry Racon is still on the cards.

Pompey had to wait a week after the collapse of the winger’s talks to cancel his Millwall contract on the January transfer deadline day.

Whittingham has declined to reveal his striking target’s identity, but is hopeful a deal can be done this week.

He said: ‘We have got to try to work hard to get ourselves a different dimension by bringing in another striker.

‘We are hoping we can get someone in Friday, but this is where I don’t like to say who it is yet so I am not going to say anything.

‘Today is the day they can come and train and then sign Friday.’

A strong, powerfully-built forward who serves as a target man, Agyemang made 19 appearances and scored two goals for QPR the year they won promotion to the Premier League.

Last season he made two top-flight starts, before loan spells at Millwall and Stevenage for the remainder of the campaign.

He signed at the Lamex Stadium permanently in the summer after being released by QPR, penning a 12-month deal after impressing during his loan period.

However, injury has disrupted his season and he was sidelined for Pompey’s visit to Stevenage in October.

Agyemang began his career at Wimbledon, where he made 136 appearances and netted 22 times, mainly at Championship level.

A short move to Brentford followed, before a fruitful four-and-a-half-year stay at Preston, where he featured 135 times and netted 21 goals.

His next move was to Loftus Road, scoring 16 goals in 82 games for the Rs.