Portsmouth boss Danny Cowley will not be pursuing a deal for Rangers-linked teenage Millwall striker Abdul Abdulmalik following a two-week trial spell at Fratton Park.
A highly-rated 18-year-old striker, Abdulkmalik has been linked with Rangers, Arsenal and Swansea this summer despite being yet to make his professional debut with the Lions [Daily Mail].
Recommended for trial by former Millwall teammate and Pompey summer signing Shaun Williams, Abdulmalik was offered the chance to win a contract at the League One side.
However, Portsmouth News have confirmed that the player left the club at the end of last week after failing to do enough to convince Cowley to move.
That report does however mention those pesky development fees which exist between English clubs and can wind up going to a tribunal.
Whilst the story does not directly quote Cowley, it claims the Pompey boss has previously spoken of his “unwillingness” to gamble on tribunals setting fees.
It is not clear if this was a deciding factor on Portsmouth’s decision not to move but the player certainly remains highly rated down south.
Despite Abdulmalik’s contract having expired at the Den, Millwall will still be due a development fee from any club which chooses to sign the young talent.
This makes the move more attractive to Rangers as the Gers wouldn’t have to pay an inflated compensation fee to move for the youngster.
This is due to cross-border compensation rules being different between clubs operating in England and those operating north of the border.
Rangers have previously taken advantage of these rules to sign the likes of Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey for knockdown prices when their contracts expired at Charlton and Leicester respectively.
Whilst there’s been little movement regarding Abdulmalik, one report is claiming the Gers could be willing to splash out up to £8m for a target linked throughout the summer.