Ipswich Town must act swiftly to complete a deal to sign Rotherham United centre-back Clark Robertson as the defender has held talks with Portsmouth.
According to The Independent, Ipswich, Portsmouth, Aberdeen and Slask Wroclaw are all eyeing Robertson as a potential signing ahead of the summer transfer window. The report claims Robertson is poised to leave Rotherham at the end of the month upon the expiry of his current contract with the Millars.
Portsmouth are said to be leading the race for his signature at this moment in time. Robertson has held positive talks with Pompey boss Danny Cowley and this has made the south coast club the favourites to land the Scottish defender this summer.
Rotherham manager Paul Warne waxed lyrical about “competitive” Robertson when he signed the defender from Blackpool in 2018. He told Rotherham’s official website:
“I think he’s a really good acquisition and I know that other clubs were after him.
“We’ve had numerous conversations with him and his agent and we’re pleased to get it over the line.
“He can step in and play out from the back, which the league we’re going into will allow a little bit more and he’ll bring us a bit of calmness.
“I’ve known him for quite a while and he’s a left-sider, which is pretty unique. He can play and he was a huge part of the Blackpool team last year. He’s a good, strong, competitive centre half which fits in with what we’re looking for here.”
Ipswich must act fast to secure a deal for Robertson. Portsmouth are currently leading the race so Ipswich will need to move quickly to make sure that they do not trip up and allow their League One rivals to snap Robertson up for free.
He is due to be a free agent next month and is allowed to speak with interested parties as clubs will not need to pay Rotherham a transfer fee, which is why Robertson has been able to hold discussions with Cowley over a potential move to Fratton Park.
Robertson has proven himself to be a solid centre-back option at Championship level during his time at Rotherham. He played 44 Championship games across two seasons in the second tier, averaging an impressive WhoScored rating of 6.78.
The Scottish defender also helped Rotherham win promotion from League One in between those two Championship seasons, as The Millers finished second in the 2019/20 campaign. Robertson averaged 4.3 aerial battles won, 1.2 interceptions and 4.3 clearances per game across the 44 Championship games he played, highlighting his strong defensive skilset.
The £3.4k-per-week beast knows how to get promoted from League One and how to perform well at Championship level – even if his teammates couldn’t – and this is why he could be an excellent signing for Ipswich. Paul Cook will be aiming to secure promotion from the third tier next season and Robertson is a player he could bring in for free who has what it takes to be part of a successful team at this level.
If he wants to do a deal, he’ll need to get a move on before the player makes a decision about joining Pompey.