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Portsmouth still linked with Swansea City players
Monday, 18th Jul 2022 17:32 by Swansea Independent

Swansea Independent has been told that Portsmouth are considering an approach and offer for Swansea City’s Jordon Garrick. With some excess cash in the bank from the sale of Marcus Harness to Ipswich Town last week, Pompey are keen to replace him with Garrick. The fee though could be the stumbling block with values on the player some way apart.

Of all the players available with decent pedigree in the Championship who have excelled at League one level Garrick is definitely at the top of the list. Last season Plymouth Argyle fans welcomed Garrick as he shone in their colours. It’s hard to imagine Garrick being a constant in any Russell Martin team this coming season so a permanent move is far more likely than the swans keeping him as back up. Jordon will want some resolution to his career this summer as well. Having spent half a season at Swindon in 2021 until May, then joining Plymouth we have been told he isn’t in favour of another loan spell despite that being an option.

The real issue now is that Garrick’s contract runs out at the end of June 2023 so if he was loaned out the swans would more than likely see him leave as a free agent. We have been told the decision has been made that if a cash agreement is possible then Garrick will be sold. Money obtained now is obviously far more desirable than to either offer him a new contract or lose him for nothing. We have to agree, to see him leave on loan for a third season on the trot to a league one club isn’t good for his career, and this season it isn’t good for the swans either.

Portsmouth are the club in front to secure his signature, but it would be silly to believe that last week talks between Argyle’s manager Steven Schumacher and Russell Martin would not have taken place, but as yet the pilgrims have made no move for Garrick. A transfer which would be welcomed by Plymouth fans. In April Garrick said “I’m really happy, I’m settled. As you can see my football has done the talking really. I think they can tell I’m enjoying being here.”

You would have thought Argyle would be his preference.

Surprisingly we haven’t been updated on Morgan Whittaker this afternoon. We did expect something after he was left out of the two arranged friendlies last week. He is another player who would prefer a permanent move as opposed to yet another loan away from the swans. What is stalling the announcement will no doubt become clear, but both he and club will want this resolved this week.

Photographs licensed from Reuters

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