Danny Cowley may have finally found Craig MacGillivray’s replacement as Portsmouth approaches a loan deal for Manchester City starlet Gavin Bazunu, according to Portsmouth News.

The south coast club has been looking for a new number one after deciding to let MacGillivray go with an expiring contract.

And they landed on 19-year-old talent Bazunu, who had a ton of experience in League One last season playing for Rochdale 29 times.

While Dale may have been relegated to the second division, Bazunu was still impressive and he was the main reason Rochdale didn’t score as many goals as they actually did and he seems to be securing a move to a team that to fight for promotion to the championship 2021-22.

Bazunu, whom City picked up from Shamrock Rovers at the age of 16, is also a full Republic of Ireland international and has played four games since March, and a season between sticks at Fratton Park will increase his chances of getting Stephen Kenny’s regular first be-choice does no harm at all.

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Pompey expects the deal to close this weekend so the youngster can practice with his new teammates on Monday, but he may have to wait a while to train with the center-back pairing who will play ahead of the game if he the season started as a replacement for Jack Whatmough has still not arrived.

The judgment

Bazunu is a smart pickup for Pompey and he could be the latest in a long line of goalkeepers to have immersed themselves in the EFL for experience, then to play regularly in the Premier League and internationally.

People like Sam Johnstone, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope, Dean Henderson, Robert Sanchez, and others all had their careers in the EFL at some point, and Bazunu could be on that list in a few years – though you have to wonder if he was ever do will develop into a Man City level goalkeeper.

It should be interesting to see if there is any real competition between Bazunu and Alex Bass to be Cowley’s first election stopper, but one could imagine the Irishman being given certain guarantees to sign for Portsmouth so it wouldn’t be a surprise when he starts the campaign between the sticks.