According to the YEP, Neil Warnock is planning on snapping up Pompey duo Luke Varney and David Norris after seeing earlier plans to sign them hindered by a lack of cash.

29 year old Varney might be remembered by fans as signing for newly promoted Blackpool on loan in 2010. He impressed initially with manager Ian Holloway making no secret of his desire to sign him in the January window. Varney then suffered some bad luck and suffered an 18-match barren spell for the Tangerines. He signed for Portsmouth in the summer and was often used on the wing there.

Rumours link Sheffield Wednesday to Norris, and Middlesbrough to Luke Varney (for £375,000), but nothing concrete has come of either rumour.

Leeds might also do well to look at Pompey winger/forward Erik Huseklepp. Huseklepp (like new signing Pearce) has had some experience of financial problems. Making over 100 appearances for SK Brann, the talented Norwegian moved to Bari in 2011, making 14 appearances and impressing before being moved on to Portsmouth following relegation to Serie B. Signed for £1.9m last Summer, Huseklepp went on loan to promotion pushers Birmingham City, but after failure to return to the Premier League, Birmingham are thought to be in financial trouble of their own and will not look to secure the return of the highly rated winger/forward.

Former club Brann are rumoured to be very interested, but will probably be unable to meet the rumoured £800,000 price tag.