Exclusive: Portsmouth set to sign Ben Thompson on season-long loan – with Millwall adding ex-Reading and Bolton midfielder to ranks

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Millwall midfielder Ben Thompson is joining Portsmouth on a season-long loan – with the Championship side moving to add Jem Karacan as cover in that area of the pitch on a short-term deal

Thompson always looked set to make a temporary exit from the Lions as he has dropped down the pecking order since promotion from League One. He did start Tuesday night’s League Cup win over Gillingham.

A number of League One sides were interested in the tigerish 22-year-old but Kenny Jackett – a former Millwall manager – has won the race for his services.

The Lions do not want to be left short in that area – with boss Neil Harris telling the South London Press yesterday that any exits would see a replacement brought in.

Catford-born Karacan, 29, has previously had a loan spell with Millwall and is a free agent after leaving Bolton Wanderers. His deal runs until January.

Bolton’s Jem Karacan celebrates scoring his side’s first goal of the game during the Sky Bet League One match at the Macron Stadium, Bolton.

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