COTT RAID ON OLD CLUB NOT LUKE-ING GOOD

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STEVE COT­TER­ILL is fum­ing af­ter his bid to raid old club Portsmouth for Luke Var­ney col­lapsed.

Not­ting­ham For­est boss Cot­ter­ill was keen to sign 29-year-old striker Var­ney on loan be­fore last night’s clash at Leeds.

But cri­sis club Pom­pey wanted a guar­an­teed sale at the end of the sea­son – and cash-strapped For­est re­fused to take the risk as they could still be rel­e­gated.

Cot­ter­ill said: “It is a bit dis­ap­point­ing that it took a week to get an an­swer.

“At this mo­ment in time, Luke is stay­ing at Portsmouth.

“I don’t know if it is be­cause they have enough money to see them through to the end of the sea­son now, be­cause I have not been party to those con­ver­sa­tions.”

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