Rumour Mill-Nugent Up for Sale for £1.5 Million?
Former Clarets loan, David Nugent heads a list of players that Portsmouth administrator Andrew Andronikou wants to offload to raise £15m for the financially-stricken club.
Andronikou said: 'The reality of the situation is every player has his price. We are looking to make £15m from selling four to six players.'
An article in the Daily Mail suggests one of those players, Nugent will be put on the transfer list with an asking price of £1.5 million.
At that price they will be making a significant loss on their investment. Nugent arrived at Fratton Park in the summer of 2007 having signed from Preston North End for £6 million. Nugent came to the club on a high having earlier that year secured his first England cap in March 2007. He had made his debut as a late substitute for England in a Euro 2008 qualifying match against Andorra in Barcelona even scoring a late goal. It would however prove to be his only England game to date and his time at Portsmouth was not a happy one. He failed to make any impression although was often played out of position on the wing.
He eventually signed on loan for the Clarets in 2009.
Nugent returned to Fratton Park after his loan spell with the Clarets completed at the end of last season. He has made it plain that his future lies in the Premier League so it is unlikely that the Clarets would be able to bring him back to Turf Moor on a permanent deal following our relegation to the Championship.
His future at Portsmouth was also always in doubt after making it plain that he wanted to move away from the Hampshire club.
Pompey's demise and their relegation from the Premier League also doubly confirmed that Nugent was on borrowed time at Fratton Park.
There is of course one Premier League club at least that could be interested in David Nugent. Owen Coyle has always been an admirer of the 25 year old striker and before he jumped ship for the Reebok brought the former Bury and Preston striker to Turf Moor in a six months loan deal on 1st September 2009 (transfer window deadline date).
Brian Laws extended that deal in February 2010 to the end of the season but it had been reported that Coyle now at Bolton had been sniffing around to try and sign the player on a permanent deal.
It comes as no surprise therefore that the Daily Mail state that Bolton are now at the front of the queue to sign him.