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Danny Cowley makes admission about potential Portsmouth target ahead of MK Dons clash

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Portsmouth head coach Danny Cowley has admitted that Blackburn Rovers defender Hayden Carter is a player that the club are aware of.

Carter emerged as a potential transfer target for Pompey yesterday.

According to a report from The News, Portsmouth are believed to be interested in signing the centre-back on a loan deal from Blackburn this month.

It is understood that the Blues are waiting to see whether Rovers are willing to sanction a temporary departure for Carter.

After making 24 appearances in League One for Burton Albion last season, Carter has been used on a sporadic basis by Blackburn during the current campaign.

Limited to just nine appearances in the Championship, the defender is currently being forced to watch on from the sidelines due to the presence of Scott Wharton, Darragh Lenihan and Jan Paul van Hecke.

Set to face Milton Keynes Dons in League One tomorrow, Portsmouth could potentially close the gap between them and the play-off places if they beat their opponents at Fratton Park.

Ahead of this fixture, Cowley has addressed the rumours that have recently surfaced regarding a potential move for Carter.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference (as cited by Hampshire Live) about the defender, the Pompey boss said:  “Hayden Carter is a player that we are aware of.

“He was at Burton last year, did very, very well at Burton, and helped them to have a successful second half of the season.

“I think he went back to Blackburn and I believe he played some games back at Blackburn this season, which is good for his development.

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“We are just cautious of talking about other people’s players, particularly Blackburn because I have got a lot of respect for Tony Mowbray and Mark Venus there.

“Mark Venus was actually my coach at Hornchurch so I wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of him.

“I will keep my comments brief.”

The Verdict

With Cowley opting not to give too much away regarding this rumour, it will be intriguing to see whether he does decide to make a move for Carter in the coming weeks.

It could be argued that all of the parties involved in this particular scenario could benefit if the defender seals a switch to Portsmouth.

Whilst Carter may have a better chance of playing regular first-team football at Portsmouth, the League One outfit will be able to call upon the services of a defender who managed to record a relatively impressive average WhoScored match rating of 6.97 at this level last season.

If Carter does go on to make considerable strides in terms of his development, he will return to Ewood Park as a much more accomplished player later this year and thus could go on to feature on a regular basis for Blackburn next season.

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