Portsmouth taking a look at former Manchester United player and Liverpool prospect

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Portsmouth have added both former Manchester United midfielder Sean Goss and Liverpool’s Elijah Dixon-Bonner to their pre-season squad on trials as they seek to make more improvements to the squad, according to Hampshire Live.

Danny Cowley has been looking to bolster the numbers in his squad throughout the summer transfer window and Pompey have been taking a look at players during pre-season in trials and determining whether to add them to their squad.

Pompey confirmed the arrivals of both Norwich City forward Gassan Ahadme and former Birmingham City striker Jayden Reid on Tuesday.

According to the latest report from Hampshire Live, Portsmouth continued to go through the process of taking a look at several trialists during their pre-season friendly against Bristol City. It is believed that during the game both Goss and Dixon-Bonner featured for Pompey.

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That suggests that the pair are the latest players to be looked at by Cowley as part of a trial in pre-season. It will be interesting to see if they can follow in the footsteps of both Ahadme and Reid and earn themselves a deal with the club.

The report also confirmed that the trials of Jake Hesketh, Ryan Leak, Madger Gomes and Akin Odimayo have now come to an end.

The verdict

These two new trialists could both potentially add some quality to Portsmouth’s squad ahead of the new League One campaign. Goss is someone that has a lot of experience in the third tier having spent the last two seasons with Shrewsbury Town and whilst he was never able to fully convince he did show that he has quality it just now needs to be brought out more consistently.

The midfielder has spent time with Manchester United and also had a spell in the Championship with QPR, but he now needs to find a settled home where he can realise his potential. Cowley might be the ideal manager to get hold of someone like that and get him to show his talent on a consistent basis.

Dixon-Bonner meanwhile is a player that has a lot of potential but he now needs game time elsewhere to try and convince Liverpool he could one day be a part of their first-team plans. The 20-year-old is the sort of talent that Cowley might be able to develop and it could be a promising addition if they decide to go ahead with a move.

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