Kenny Jackett has made it clear that Portsmouth have no plans to sell reported Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough target Alex Bass, while speaking to the News.
Considering that both Vicente Guaita and Wayne Hennessey are no spring chickens, it makes sense for Palace to start preparing for their long-term future between the sticks.
Roy Hodgson’s side have been making a clear effort to reduce the age of their rather elderly squad of late and Bass, at 22, would tick a lot of boxes at Selhurst Park.
The News reported at the end of July that Crystal Palace have been joined by Middlesbrough in the race for a talented young shot-stopper who ousted the more experienced Connor McGillivray at Portsmouth at the turn of the year.
But after Pompey tasted defeat in the play-offs last season, keeping Bass would be a big statement as the South Coast club look to go one better and secure a place in the Championship.
“We haven’t had any enquiries or bids in any of our players. It’s not something that I would encourage,” says manager Jackett.
“We want to develop him (Bass) and for him to do well and be part of the club going forward.
“From my point of view, I would only start to think and consider it if the phone starts to go and a bid comes in. We’re focusing on the new season and Alex being a big part of that.
“I like Alex. He has a lot of ability, a good temperament as well.”
Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock is seemingly in the market for a new number one too.
Since he took over at the Riverside in June, neither Ainsley Pears nor summer signing Dejan Stojanovic have seemingly managed to convince the veteran boss, with both dropping in and out of the starting XI on a weekly basis.
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