Portsmouth have rejected a bid from Fulham for defender Matthew Taylor.

Chris Coleman had been hoping that the 24-year-old might provide the solution for his troublesome left back spot after Pompey revealed that they would consider bids.

Harry Redknapp admitted that he would be loath to see the full back leave Fratton Park, although he later conceded that he may be forced to sacrifice him in order to balance his squad.

But it seems unlikely that Fulham will increase their £1.2 million bid as it is understood that they are close to signing Chelsea’s Wayne Bridge on loan instead.

“I never wanted to sell him but there is a good player in Germany who I would have liked to have signed on loan but that isn’t going to happen now by the look of it,” said Redknapp.

Taylor’s agent, Willie McKay, recently revealed that he was talking to half a dozen Premiership clubs – including Wigan and Newcastle – about his client’s availability.