Portsmouth winger Jamal Lowe has been highly sought-after this summer following a stunning season at Fratton Park, but Pompey boss Kenny Jackett has so far rejected all bids for the 24-year-old, according to The Portsmouth News.
Wigan Athletic are thought to have lodged two bids to sign the London-born ace following the south coast side’s League One Play-Off heartache in the Semi-Finals, while Millwall are credited as being the leader of a large pack not far behind the Latics.
Leeds, West Bromwich Albion, Cardiff and Middlesbrough are all name-checked by The Portsmouth News in their report, with the Whites previously touted to be on the hunt by various other outlets.
The Daily Star, for example, suggested Lowe had given United, West Brom and Boro a boost in their hopes of signing him in the current window, as he allegedly expressed his intent to compete at a higher level to Pompey executives not long after their Semi-Final defeat at home to Sunderland.
Sky Sports, meanwhile, noted in May that while Jackett’s preference was to keep hold of Lowe’s services, he could be tempted by a bid in the region of £2million for the right-winger who was involved in 26 goals across all competitions last season (scoring 17 and assisting nine in 55 games).
Either that is not the case, or Wigan’s opening two offers have fallen too far below Pompey’s valuation, as Jackett has told The Portsmouth News that he is keen to improve the squad he has on offer at Fratton Park, rather than losing players that could prove to be the difference in another promotion run.
“I would like to keep Jamal,” Jackett said. “As usual with Portsmouth, there’s a high level of speculation when not much has happened behind the scenes.
“We’re only just into July, and the Championship window is [open until] August 8, with [it open for] League One and League Two [until] September 2. That’s where it is.
“Jamal is not someone I want to lose, and the bids have been turned down so far. What will happen now, we’ll see, but it will be great to keep him and build on it.
“You want to keep your best players, although that isn’t always possible.
“Liverpool are the example, really though, as European champions, yet in recent years they’ve lost [Raheem] Sterling, [Luis] Suarez and [Philippe] Coutinho. They even sold [Christian] Benteke to Palace for £27million, or something like that. Yet they’ve put a side together which looks amazing.
“Players do move on, that’s my point. But I would like to keep Jamal, 100 per cent.”