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Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Portsmouth players still awaiting news on wages

Harry Harris, Football Correspondent

The Portsmouth players have been frozen out of their training camp due to the arctic conditions, and are still wondering whether they will be suffering a pay freeze by the end of Tuesday.

The players have yet to be informed whether December's late payment will eventually come through after the club last week insisted payment would be made by January 5.

The stricken club, bottom of the Premier League and having failed to pay their players on time for the third successive month, issued statements last week that the wage bill would be met.

But meetings and discussions are still ongoing as Saudi owner Ali Al-Faraj makes every attempt to find a short-term loan to honour the commitment to pay the players.

The Professional Footballers' Association has been called in and is awaiting developments. The PFA expect to be the first to be informed of the outcome of Tuesday's discussions on whether the players can be paid, and they will then pass on the details to their members.

A Pompey insider told ESPN Soccernet: "We have been told they will be paid today [Tuesday], but we are still waiting to hear."

Presently the negativity surrounding Portsmouth refuses to go away, with a HM Revenue and Customs winding up order served, player payments continually late and the promised funds for Avram Grant to spend in the January window still in limbo with the Premier League transfer embargo.

It is almost certain that the Premier League will divert the club's 7 million January TV cash straight to Spurs, Chelsea and Watford for money owed on transfers.

ESPN Soccernet was informed last week of the frantic work behind the scenes to try to bring in new loans or even new investors.

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