Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett has confirmed that he wants to sign Wolves attacker Connor Ronan on a permanent deal in the summer after a successful loan spell at Fratton Park.
Ronan, 20, moved to the south coast in the January transfer window after being frustrated by the lack of first-team chances in Nuno Espirito Santo’s first-team.
The attacking midfielder has since become a mainstay at Portsmouth, making 11 appearances in all competitions for the League Two title holders ever since the winter transfer window.
Now, ex-Wolves boss Jackett has expressed his desire to sign Ronan when his loan deal ends, however he admits that talks are yet to take place.
“He’s a player we’re obviously interested in,” he said, as quoted by The News.
“It’s not something we’ve discussed, but for Wolves they aren’t going to necessarily commit to it.
“Generally, they get all of their players back in pre-season and assess their options then.
“He’s been looking for the break to get into first-team football. He was slightly frustrated, if pleased to be at a club going in the right direction in Wolves.”
Ronan made his first-team debut for Wolves last season while Paul Lambert was in charge and has since made 13 appearances in all competitions for the West Midlands club.
Football Insider verdict
Ronan has been at Wolves since 2014 and it would be a shame to let a young player of his talent to leave the club. However with the amount of money that has been piled into improving the senior squad at Molineux, it’s no surprise that he is well down the pecking order and unlikely to ever get a game – let alone in the Premier League. Portsmouth would be a good place for him to develop. Jackett is a good manager and Pompey are certainly on the rise and have good facilities to help take care of him. There’s very little chance that Ronan will stay for next season so he may as well be offloaded for good.