By Wayne Veysey

7th Oct, 2020 | 12:32pm

Exclusive: Portsmouth & Oxford United open talks to sign Wolves forward

Portsmouth and Oxford United are in talks to sign promising Wolves striker Niall Ennis on loan, Football Insider understands.

This site revealed on Tuesday that the 21-year-old is in talks over a new long-term contract at Molineux and that he has been given the green light to seal a temporary move ahead of the domestic transfer deadline.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that both Portsmouth and Oxford are keen on taking Ennis back to League One this season and are in negotiations with Wolves over a loan deal.

The clubs have until the domestic window between Premier League and EFL clubs closes on 16 October to finalise a move.

Ennis spent the 2019/20 campaign on loan at Doncaster Rovers, where he netted six goals and chipped in with a further four assists in 29 appearances in the third tier of English football.

He also had a temporary spell with Shrewsbury Town back in 2017 but a serious knee injury ruled him out of action after just two appearances for the club.

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The Wolverhampton-born hitman has only played once for his boyhood club after his rise through the youth ranks at Molineux as he made his debut against Shrewsbury in the FA Cup last year.

Both Portsmouth and Oxford are in the market for a new centre-forward after just one win apiece in their opening games of the season.

Ennis could battle it out with Matty Taylor for a place in the side at the Kassam Stadium, while John Marquis and Ellis Harrison would be his competition at Fratton Park.

In other Wolves news, it can be revealed that a defender has terminated his contract at Molineux to become a free agent and seal a move elsewhere.