By Russell Edge

10th Sep, 2020 | 7:22pm

Exclusive: Hull City & Colchester United set sights on signing available Portsmouth striker

Hull City and Colchester United are among several sides in the hunt to sign Portsmouth attacker Reeco Hackett-Fairchild ahead of the new season, Football Insider understands.

The 22-year-old, who can play either as a striker or a winger, has made just one senior appearance for Pompey since his move to Fratton Park from Bromley at the start of 2020.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett is happy to send him out on loan this summer and that a number of clubs from League One and League Two are keen to seal a temporary deal for the hot prospect.


It is understood that Hull, who were relegated from the Championship last season, and Colchester, who finished sixth in the fourth tier, are among the clubs most interested in his capture.

Hackett-Fairchild moved to Portsmouth after he netted eight goals in 23 games during the first half of the National League campaign.

However, the London-born forward’s only senior appearance came in a 2-1 win over Walsall in the EFL Trophy as a quad injury left him sidelined towards the end of the season.

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Having fully recovered from a twisted knee, he netted twice in eight minutes after he came on at half-time in a friendly win over Gosport.

The former Charlton youngster now looks set to move out on loan and there will be no shortage of suitors for his capture.

He already has 12 League One appearances to his name after his time at the Valley, although all but one of those came as a substitute.

He played a total of 24 times for the Addicks before he left for Bromley in 2019, with two goals and one assist under his belt.

In other Hull City news, the Tigers have tabled a six-figure bid for a midfielder.