Hessenthaler keen on O'Neil
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Gillingham are keen to land Portsmouth midfielder Gary O'Neil on loan.Gillingham player-manager Andy Hessenthaler is keen to land Portsmouth midfielder Gary O'Neil on loan.
The 21-year-old spent last season on loan with Walsall and recently attracted the interest of Championship side Leicester City.
Should The Gills be successful in luring the England Under-21 captain to The Priestfield Stadium, he would boost an attack that has created few goalscoring chances in its opening six matches so far this season.
Hessenthaler revealed he would be talking with Pompey manager Harry Redknapp about the availability of O'Neil, but knows it will not be easy to land the talented youngster.
"It's an area we need to look at because we are not creating enough. I will be speaking to Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp about O'Neil," Hessenthaler told the club's official website.
"Unfortunately he may be targeted by other clubs and if that is the case, we have no chance.
"Hopefully, though, we can get someone in during the next week or so."
Meanwhile, Gills striker Iwan Roberts has been charged by The FA in relation to claims he made in his recent autobiography.
The Welsh hit-man was handed two charges of improper conduct after making reference in his book 'All I want for Christmas' to a tackle on former Wolves player Kevin Muscat when he was at Norwich City.
Roberts was handed one charge of improper conduct in relation to his description of the incident and another charge of the same offence for stating in his autobiography that the tackle he made on Muscat was motivated by an element of revenge.
The striker will have until September 13 to respond to the two charges, as improper conduct does not fall under the FA's new fast-track disciplinary system this season.