Appleton admits Derry interest
Portsmouth manager Michael Appleton would be interested in signing Shaun Derry if the QPR midfielder became available on a free transfer.
Last Updated: 23/07/12 12:03pm
Portsmouth manager Michael Appleton has confirmed he would be interested in signing Shaun Derry if the Queens Park Rangers midfielder became available on a free transfer.
Derry has been linked with a return to Fratton Park, having previously made 55 appearances for Pompey before leaving for Crystal Palace in 2002.
He featured 29 times in the Premier League for QPR last term and still has another season to run on his contract at Loftus Road.
However, with QPR boss Mark Hughes busy overhauling his squad, reports have suggested the 34-year-old could be allowed to leave during the transfer window.
Pompey, who are trying to avoid liquidation, could be an option for Derry after Appleton admitted he is the type of player he would be keen to add to his threadbare squad.
Appleton told The News: "Shaun is a Premier League player. Would I be interested in a Premier League player? Of course I would.
"At the end of the day, if people like that became available then we would be interested, so whether Portsmouth would be the destination for someone like Shaun, then who knows?
"If it became a possibility, though, then I would be very interested."