Pompey expect embargo to be lifted
Portsmouth executive director Mark Jacob expects the struggling
Premier League club’s transfer embargo to be lifted next week.
Pompey have been barred from making any signings since
mid-October, with the Premier League punishing the South Coast club
for their failure to keep up to date with payments on previous
While the situation has had little effect on the side so far,
with the transfer window currently closed, they will be desperate
to bring in fresh faces in the New Year.
Currently sitting rock-bottom of the Premier League
standings, Avram Grant knows he must add to his squad if they are
to steer clear of trouble.
Jacob is confident the Israeli coach will be given the
opportunity to delve into the market, as he believes the transfer
ban will be removed in plenty of time.
“I hope it will get lifted next week,” he said in The
Guardian. “We haven’t had the benefit of a transfer window. As soon
as we have the benefit then it will be an opportunity for Avram to
start doing some trade.”
Jacob has also sought to play down fears that the ongoing
financial troubles at Fratton Park will see player wages delayed
for a third time this season. He added: “No, there shouldn’t be a
problem with the salaries. We are confident.”
Pompey have also dismissed the claims of Lens president
Gervais Martel, who stated earlier this week that his club were
prepared to take the Premier League outfit to court in regards to
unpaid fees in the transfers of Aruna Dindane and Nadir Belhadj.
“There’s no legal action pending as far as I’m concerned on
either of those,” said Jacob.