Portsmouth turn their attentions to Middlesbrough midfielder as Newcastle keep hold of youngster

Portsmouth are interested in a loan deal for Middlesbrough midfielder Marcus Tavernier.

Thursday, 19th July 2018, 12:36 pm
Updated Thursday, 19th July 2018, 12:42 pm
Marcus Tavernier is attracting attention
Marcus Tavernier is attracting attention

The 19-year-old winger is one a number of targets being considered by Kenny Jackett after Pompey were dealt a blow in their pursuit of Newcastle United youngster Sean Longstaff.

Longstaff impressed in a loan spell at Blackpool last season and was scheduled to sign a similar deal at Fratton Park today.

However, the midfielder is set to stay on Tyneside for at least another fortnight after some promising pre-season displays saw him catch the eye of Rafa Benitez.

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READ: Tony Pulis offers striker update as Boro chase dealsThe News, Portsmouthreport that Jackett must now decide whether to be patient in his pursuit of Longstaff or turn his attention to other targets.

And one of those targets could be Tavernier, who starred for MK Dons during a brief loan spell last season.

He also made five appearances for Boro's first-team, finding the net against local rivals Sunderland.