By Matt Bishop
Boreham Wood chairman Danny Hunter has denied the club have accepted an offer from League One side Portsmouth for star Bruno Andrade.
The exciting frontman, 24, has been in excellent form this season with 11 goals in 17 appearances, and has spent time down on the south coast with Pompey.
However, while some reports have suggested Kenny Jackett has agreed a deal for Andrade, Hunter has said that is certainly not the case as he looks to hold on to his prize asset.
In a statement on the club’s website, the Wood chairman said: “It’s a shame somebody keeps leaking this stuff to the media as it’s an unwelcome distraction and I hope it’s not agent led.
“Yes, it’s true that Bruno did go down to Portsmouth for a few days, yes, it’s true it was arranged through myself, Luke and Kenny Jackett and yes it was very much with our permission.
“It’s also true, I believe, that they like Bruno, both as a person and as a player, but at this stage there is absolutely nothing more to it.
“It’s certainly not true that we have held any further discussions since and it’s not true that we have accepted a Pompey offer.”
Because of Andrade’s scintillating performances this season, it is no surprise to see the former QPR man linked with a move back to the Football League.
Along with Portsmouth, the likes of Peterborough United are also said to be interested in the forward, but Hunter says that is also untrue at this stage.
“It was reported that we have spoken with Peterborough and that’s also completely untrue.” said the chairman. “In fact, as far as I know there has not been an enquiry from them, and, as I know Barry Fry pretty well, he’d simply pick up the phone to me, I’m sure, if they were interested.
“It’s certainly not true that I’m ready to sanction any deal in the foreseeable future, or, that we are looking for a deal to be done in January – unless the boy could remain with us until the season’s end.
“We are quietly ambitious ourselves and we have set our own targets this season. It’s only October, a bit of FA Cup glory for the town is still possible, and the transfer window doesn’t even open up again until January.
“We all accept that Bruno is an exceptional talent, but I hope that he trusts me to ultimately do what’s best for him, the dressing room and the football club.
“I’m nobody’s fool, and as Bruno is the National League’s top goal scorer with 11 goals in 17 games, interest in him will continue over the coming months.”