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

deals.

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.