Pompey back on keeper`s trail
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The First Division leaders have been linked with the Hajduk Split ace since last year.
Pompey boss Harry Redknapp watched the highly-rated shot-stopper in international action last weekend as he plans for next season.
Redknapp is also believed to have cast an eye over Croatin defender Josip Simunic during his spying trip.
Fratton Park supremo Milan Mandaric admitted the club were monitoring a number of prospective targets and that Pletikosa was among them.
"We are looking at a lot of different players and there is nothing concrete at the moment," said Mandaric.
"We're not seeking aggressively to bring somebody in, like we did with Hermann Hreidarsson last week.
"Harry (Redknapp) watched Pletikosa but Croatia played so well he didn't have anything to do, so it was hard for Harry to make any conclusions.
"What we are doing now is to see as many players as possible, so when the time comes to make a decision, we are ready to go after them for next season.
"But we are not going to ignore the lads who have done such a brilliant job here this season."
Mandaric knows they will need to strengthen if they move up to The Premiership, but he is not willing to spend needlessly.
"Of course, we will have to strengthen if we go up," added Mandaric. "I think we need five or six players. We're looking around, but nothing else.
"We will be selective. We've got to be very careful. I don't want to throw the money away."
One of Pompey's other summer targets is believed to be out-of-favour Newcastle defender Nikos Dabizas who looks set to leave St James' Park in the summer.