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Portsmouth players to be paid on Thursday

The Portsmouth players will be finally paid their December wages at 0800 GMT on Thursday morning, according to sources close to the club and their new owner.

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ESPN Soccernet has been informed that the outstanding wage payments are being processed although some of the foreign players who have overseas accounts might find their money arriving later on Thursday.

A source close to the club told ESPN Soccernet on Wednesday night: "I can tell you that the owner's brother went to the Premier League today. The Premier League are very, very supportive and fully aware of Portsmouth's predicament, and they don't want to see anything happen to Portsmouth if they can help it.

"There have been minor hiccups in releasing the money for the players' wages of £1.8 million for December. We did promise it would go through on Tuesday, but I can also tell you the money has been here ready to go since Monday, it has just required the club to sort out some problems, and the meeting with the Premier League has certainly helped.

"We are confident that our short-term problems are behind us and we want to be more open and transparent with our supporters and will be as soon as we can be.

"We also want to be in a position to fully support our manager Avram Grant in his desire to bring in new players and we continue to strive to have our transfer embargo lifted. I believe there is a possibility it can be lifted next week, certainly in time to purchase new players."

Another source inside Fratton Park told ESPN Soccernet on Wednesday night: "Our understanding is that the players' wages have been sorted out at long last and they will be paid tomorrow [Thursday]. The money is in an account and has been for a couple of days waiting release depending on the outcome of a series of decisive meetings.

"The players' view has been 'let's get on with it'. It's not been the best and the players want to be better informed, there is no doubt about that, but they are getting on with it."

The PFA plan to visit Fratton Park, weather permitting, on Thursday, and want assurances from the club that the players' wages won't be late for a fourth successive month.

The PFA's senior executive Nick Cusack will be asking searching questions when he travels to Fratton Park. Cusack is questioning the future financing of Pompey, whether the players will be paid on time after three months of late payments, and the most serious question of all - the integrity of the matches currently being played by Portsmouth in the Premier League when the players are not being paid and worried about their personal circumstances.


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