Major development in potential transfer of former Bristol Rovers attacker Ellis Harrison

Harrison had been linked with a reunion with Bristol Rovers after Portsmouth said they’d allow the striker to leave

<p>For the past two transfer windows, Ellis Harrison has been linked with a return. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)</p>

For the past two transfer windows, Ellis Harrison has been linked with a return. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Ellis Harrison is on the verge of leaving Portsmouth after an unnamed club came in for the forward.

Pompey want to move the 27-year-old on from Fratton Park to begin their own transfer business and now a deal is close to being finalised.

A report from The News said that the Bristol Rovers academy product was not present at training yesterday as talks began with the interested club over a move .

Their manager Danny Cowley said to the website: “We’ve had offers for probably four of our players over recent times.

‘Two of our younger ones are potential loan deals, while two of our senior ones which are more permanent deals.

‘For us, we will always have to wait to see how these things unfold and I don’t think it helps the situation if we speak about it publicly.”

Talks are ongoing over a possible deal which would take Harrison to a new club with Fleetwood, Shrewsbury and Rovers all linked during this transfer window.

Shrewsbury Town manager Steve Cotterill distanced the Shrews from the rumours leaving the two other clubs to battle it out for Harrison’s signature.

It is believed however that a move to the Memorial Stadium won’t be happening in this window, despite what would have been a good reunion and for sure a signing that would have bolstered promotion hopes.

There has been a preference from Harrison to remain in League One and that looks to be his new destination.

Other than Rovers and a one-month loan at Hartlepool, his other clubs haven’t been outside the League One, so he would be keen to remain in the division.

Meanwhile a loan would have been the more likelier deal from Rovers whilst Pompey were keen to get the player off their books permanently.

The signing of Scunthorpe United striker Ryan Loft has lessened the need for another striker, things could change if an offer comes in for any of their other front-line players.

Instead, signing a new central defender seems to be a priority given the club allowed Mark Hughes to leave for Plymouth Argyle for a coaching role yesterday.

Fleetwood Town midfielder Callum Camps is a player Joey Barton knows well. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Meanwhile eagle-eyed Rovers realised that Fleetwood midfielder Callum Cramps was following Gas on the social media platform Instagram.

It is unsure how long he has been following the club on the app but he could just be tracking the progress of his former boss Joey Barton and teammate Sam Finley.

Camps has a vast amount of experience in the Football League and was brought to his current club by the Gas boss.

The 26-year-old came through Rochdale’s academy and made his first senior appearance in 2013 before two years later making his full debut. Camps went on to become a regular first-team player and made over 200 appearances for the Lancashire based outfit.

He was later signed by Barton in August 2020 with him and Barton working together until he left his role as manager of the club in January.

Should rumours of a move in Camps be true then they would be recruiting in a well-stocked department.

Finley, captain Paul Coutts, Antony Evans, Sion Spence, Josh Grant, Glenn Whelan and Zain Westbrooke can already play in a number of central midfield roles.