Portsmouth boss Michael Appleton wants three new players

Michael Appleton

Portsmouth boss Michael Appleton wants to sign at least three new players before they face Carlisle on Saturday.

The troubled club were forced to offload all of their senior players to cut their wage bill this summer.

Portsmouth fielded a near youth team in their opening game of the season and on Saturday Appleton played a side full of debutants in their League One opener.

"We need an absolute minimum of three players to be competitive this season," Appleton told BBC Radio Solent.

Portsmouth are in administration and face liquidation unless they can find a buyer for the financially-troubled club.

The Pompey Supporters' Trust is currently the only option following Balram Chainrai's decision to withdraw his bid for the club.

Administrator Trevor Birch says he hopes the PST will be in a position by Friday to submit its bid to him.

Having seen all their senior players leave in the summer Pompey have since announced 15 new signings.

The club signed 10 players on short-term contracts in one day - just days before their opening league match against Bournemouth.

Pompey have also signed a further five players on loan, including Reading's Jordan Obita, whose late equaliser against Colchester ensured that Portsmouth remain unbeaten in the league.

But Appleton feels that more players are needed if his side are to remain competitive over the course of the season.

He added: "We're working hard and trying to convince people that we need to get these players in before Saturday.

"If we can't get them in before Saturday we get them in before the Oldham game a week Saturday."

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