Blues boss warns defender over new deal

Hermann Hreidarsson has been warned over his new deal
Hermann Hreidarsson has been warned over his new deal
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Hermann Hreidarsson has been warned Pompey are not prepared to let his contract situation drag on over the summer.

Steve Cotterill wants the veteran’s future resolved as swiftly as possible – or he will look for defensive alternatives.

The Iceland international’s wage demands issued by his agent have been labelled as ‘unrealistic’ by the Blues.

As a result, they have vowed not to meet such terms.

However, Pompey do remain interested in signing up Hreidarsson for another 12 months following the 36-year-old’s impressive return from a career-threatening Achilles tendon injury.

Cotterill, though, is in no mood to wait patiently for a satisfactory outcome to be reached.

And he will pursue alternative targets as he looks to recruit before the start of pre-season training in the first week of July.

Cotterill said: ‘Forget holding a gun or ransom to anyone’s head here because it just doesn’t work.

‘At the end of the day, hopefully there will be a time when all of a sudden things open up for me so I will be able to sign the players I want to sign.

‘Now if the ones out of contract don’t want to sign because they want more money, well that’s fine.

‘But how long am I going to hang on and how long are they going to hang on?

‘Not long because if I find somebody I will sign them instead.

‘It’s as simple as that.

‘But they probably know the situation at the moment, therefore they can push the boat a little while longer.

‘What is happening at the minute, though, is unrealistic for someone who is going to be 37 this summer.’