Portsmouth striker, Luke Varney, is being linked with a move to Leeds United, following his side’s relegation to League One.
The Whites boss, Neil Warnock, is keen to add Varney to his ranks, and reports from those who bet on the Championship suggest that negotiations have already started between the two clubs.
Pompey are being forced to let go of one of their prized assets to help ease their financial problems, ahead of the new season. They need to reduce their wage bill, in the hope of attracting new owners to Fratton Park.
Varney scored six goals in 30 appearances for Portsmouth, after signing for the club from Derby in July 2011 for an undisclosed fee.
He has spent two loan spells in Yorkshire at Sheffield Wednesday, who are thought to be interested in bringing the player back to Hillsborough, but his preference is to join Leeds.
If Varney were to seal the move this week, he could be followed by teammate, David Norris. The 31-year old has two-years left on his contract at Fratton Park, but has attracted a lot of interest, this summer, from a number of Championship clubs.
Leeds may have to go head-to-head with Nottingham Forrest, who are managed by Norris’s former boss, Steve Cotterill, if they are to secure his signature.
Cotterill captured Norris on a free transfer from Ipswich, when he was in charge of the cash-stricken club. Despite the side’s relegation, the midfielder popped up with goals at crucial moments, last season, though never enough to influence the top scorer betting.
Both Varney and Norris are owed money from Portsmouth, after accepting a wage deferral earlier in the year, but they are prepared to come up with an agreement that would allow them to leave the club.