Cotterill hoping to bolster ranks

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Portsmouth manager Steve Cotterill insists the club are doing everything they can to strengthen their threadbare squad.

With just eight days to go until the start of the season, Cotterill has only 15 first-team players at his disposal and has added teenagers Ryan Williams and Lewis Stockford to his squad for pre-season.

Pompey have been linked with a host of players including Burnley striker Martin Paterson and Chelsea left-back Patrick van Aanholt. Cotterill told The News: "The owners have been very good since they have come in and backed me very well."

He added: "You can't be asking for something every week. They have already spent a lot of money since they came in. They know the squad is light and we are trying to address that but, obviously, we are chasing time again, pretty much like we were last year.

"Every summer this club has had a new ownership. It probably won't have a new one next season and will be a lot better for it.

"We've got some good players but want to add to them and are still trying to do that."

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