According to Birmingham Mail, Jamal Lowe is set for a move to the Championship, however, his move to Wigan Athletic is stalling.
The 24-year-old has been linked with a move away from Fratton Park all summer, after scoring 17 goals in all competitions last season, during Pompey’s unsuccessful promotion bid.
A host of Championship clubs are interested in signing the forward, including Leeds United, Millwall, West Bromwich Albion and Wigan Athletic.
The fee is believed to be around £3 million. However, according to The Sun journalist, Alan Nixon, Wigan is not prepared to pay it.
I’m not particularly surprised or disappointed by this news. The strongest position in our current squad is our wingers. We have Michael Jacobs, Anthony Pilkington, Gavin Massey, Gary Roberts and Kal Naismith. Whereas, we have two strikers, one of which has never played a senior match, and only three central midfielders.
Wigan spending smart
To spend a large amount of our transfer budget on a winger, wouldn’t make sense to me. Massey and Jacobs are about as good wingers as we’ll get, both quick, tricky, attacking wingers that will contribute with both goals and assists. Meanwhile, Pilkington, Roberts and Naismith are very capable replacements, they all done well when called upon last season.
Unfortunately, we don’t have millions to throw around. We need to buy smart, and fill voids in the squad. It’s paramount that we replace Reece James. A powerhouse midfielder is a must, to play alongside Sam Morsy. I really rate Lee Evans as a footballer, but in my opinion, he isn’t physical enough to be a defensive midfielder in the Championship.
Similarly, we need a striker. Joe Garner did well last season, and we have youngster Callum Lang hoping for an opportunity. However, a proven Championship striker that can guarantee us goals, is vital.
Lowe is a good player, and I’ve no doubt he’ll succeed in the Championship. However, Latics are already strong in this area, he shouldn’t be a priority, especially at that fee. Let’s sign a striker, central midfielder and start-up that promotion bus.