Defender ‘set to depart’

Aaron Mokoena in Pompey training this week

Aaron Mokoena in Pompey training this week

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Aaron Mokoena is close to a Pompey exit, according to his advisor.

The South African’s camp claim the former Bafana Bafana captain is in negotiations with an unnamed club in the United Arab Emirates.

With Greg Halford putting pen to paper on a three-year Pompey deal this week, Jason Pearce added to the ranks and Tal Ben Haim still on the Blues’ books, Mokoena has moved well down Steve Cotterill’s central-defensive pecking order.

The Pompey manager was also keen to bring in Ian Evatt from Blackpool but the 29-year-old yesterday penned a new two-year deal with the Seasiders.

Mokoena’s representative Dietmar Wendorff has confirmed moves are afoot to find his client a new club.

‘Aaron’s told me that he wants to leave now and I have a team in the Emirates who are very interested in taking him,’ he said.

‘We’re negotiating with the club at the moment but I cannot say who it is.

‘We are hoping for a salary of around two million euros a year. I’ve also talked to him about Spain but we will have to compare the offers.’

Last month, Wendorff announced Mokoena’s desire to find regular first-team football elsewhere.

Just three days later, though, the 30-year-old outlined his desire to stay at Fratton Park.

Cotterill admitted he had heard nothing of Mokoena’s plans to move. And, with such a small squad, he insisted the ex-South Africa international would not be leaving just yet.

However, it remains to be seen whether that stance has now changed after Cotterill’s success in the transfer market this week.

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