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With speculations circulating that Norwich City are interested in signing Queens Park Rangers’ Chris Willock, Portsmouth fans will be more eager for the transfer to be completed than most others.

The 26-year-old is thought to be out of contract at Loftus Road this summer, having appeared over 100 times for the R’s since coming from Benfica in summer 2020.

With bags of skill and flare in the attacking third, the former Arsenal man will be an excellent addition to many Championship clubs if he moves on this summer, and the Canaries are apparently one of several interested parties, along with fellow second-tier side Sunderland.

If the Canaries do sign the winger to add to their already impressive attacking roster, it might open the way for departures from Carrow Road over the off-season, with Abu Kamara likely to be a target.

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Kamara was an important member of Portsmouth’s League One title-winning squad in 23/24, with John Mousinho’s side losing only five games all season.

Having appeared in every league game for his loan side, the 20-year-old became invaluable to a team that was consistently winning the division, with his 18 goal contributions playing a significant role in their supremacy.

With the ability to cut open defences, whether through his buccaneering runs with the ball or his piercing passing ability, the attacking talent was crucial to the Fratton Park side’s promotion drive and possesses the quality required to perform at Championship level.

It would not be surprising if Pompey tried to work out a contract to bring the playmaker back to the south coast for another season, and if Willock is added to the Canaries’ ranks, it might give the young star even more reason to stay away from Carrow Road.

He stated, “It’s my first loan, a highly productive loan with champions. You cannot ask for more.

“I’m not the type of person who looks ahead; instead, I prefer to take things as they come and see what happens.

“My aim is to try to get into the first-team at Norwich, although I would definitely like to come back, I love it at Pompey.”

With Josh Sargent, Gabriel Sara, and Jon Rowe all competing for slots in Norwich’s offensive line, current manager David Wagner has plenty of alternatives right now, not to mention Ashley Barnes and Borja Sainz.

That must have put Kamara on the fringes of the first-team at Carrow Road even before the Willock breakthrough, and a move away from the club for a second season would undoubtedly assist all concerned in polishing another jewel to emerge from the City academy.

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Wagner [shown below] has led his side into the Championship play-offs after a sensational second half of the season, with only local rivals Ipswich Town and Leeds United accumulating more points since the turn of the year.

The Canaries will face United in the end-of-season lottery over two legs in the coming weeks for a place in the Wembley final, with a Premier League spot as the ultimate prize.

If the Norfolk club achieves their goal of regaining promotion to the top division, Pompey’s chances of resigning their fan favourite from this season would be boosted.

With game time in the EFL likely to be limited, a stunning return to the top table would all but destroy Kamara’s hopes of becoming a regular in East Anglia the following season, with a Championship loan the most likely conclusion.

It remains to be seen whether City will offer a new contract to their youthful prodigy, since the 20-year-old’s present agreement expires next summer.

Given his previous performances in the EFL, it would be unsurprising to see that agreement extended in the coming weeks before another loan move is obtained to further his development.

City’s emphasis on bringing players in rather than playing a star who is right under their noses may play into Pompey’s hands, and they would push Willock to Norfolk themselves if it meant boosting their own cause in the coming season.

 

 

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