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Portsmouth boss Cotterill wants to keep Nugent

New Portsmouth boss Steve Cotterill doesn't want to lose striker David Nugent.

Nugent spent nearly all of last season on loan at Burnley, scoring six Premier League goals.

The 25-year-old, who has one year remaining on his contract, has been quoted saying he does not see his future on the south coast.

But Cotterill told The News: "I do not know what's going on with David. I've got a bit of catching up to do with plenty of things.

"I need to sit down with him and have a little look at what is happening and what he wants to do. There is no point in writing him off, he's a good footballer.

"I just want a chat with him to find out the situation and I will certainly not be doing it over the phone. I know David from way back from when he was at Bury.

"I also knew him when he was at Preston and I was across the road at Burnley as manager. Whenever I have bumped into him, we've always stopped for a chat and got on. I don't envisage that has changed.

"David is a good player who can score goals at that level. I'm not going to forget about him, without a shadow of a doubt. I want to meet him and see what the future holds."

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