Pompey set for deadline day departure drama

112755-014_BORO_POMPEY_SR_6/8/11'Pompey vs Middlesborough at the Riverside Stadium.'Ryan Williams.''Picture:Steve Reid 112755-014
112755-014_BORO_POMPEY_SR_6/8/11'Pompey vs Middlesborough at the Riverside Stadium.'Ryan Williams.''Picture:Steve Reid 112755-014
Pompey's Brett Pitman scores a penalty in the Blues' 1-1 draw against Walsall at Fratton Park. Picture: Joe Pepler/Digital South.

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Pompey are today braced for a frenetic deadline day of departures.

That looks set to begin with the exit of Ryan Williams – believed to be against the wishes of the club and boss Michael Appleton.

However, Andrew Andronikou, administrator for former owners Convers Sports Initiatives, insisted the final say over all departures rests with Blues directors.

Ipswich remain on the trail of Joel Ward, Stephen Henderson and Jason Pearce, although Tractor Boys boss Paul Jewell is now doubtful he will land all three players.

Dave Kitson has also been linked with a move but suitors Brighton appear to be out of the equation after landing Sam Vokes on loan from Wolves.

Williams is today expected to seal a £500,000 move to Fulham, after appearing in a trial match last night for the Premier League outfit.

Andronikou suggested there wouldn’t be a mass deadline day exodus and was adamant chief executive David Lampitt had the final say on sales, along with his directors.

But with Pompey not being able to pay their staff and players their January wages after having their bank account frozen – on top of a £1.6m tax bill still to be paid – player sales look inevitable.

Andronikou said: ‘I am advising the board (over exits). They have absolute control. I’m advising them.

‘David Lampitt is the CEO and the three directors – him, John Redgate and the commercial director (Nick Byrom) – have the final say.

‘I understand the (Ryan Williams) deal came from an intermediary. A Premier League club have shown an interest in the player and you have to be fair to that player.

‘The money will be used for the club’s working capital requirement and to pay off legacy debts. I understand there is other interest in players, which has been reported in the press. But I don’t expect many deals to be done. The market is stagnant.

‘My ultimate goal is to make sure we bring stability to the club and secure it’s long-term future. Players come and go. But in terms of transfers, I don’t envisage much movement.’

The only possible arrivals at Pompey today are West Brom pair Joe Mattock and George Thorne on loan.

Ipswich have been in negotiations with Andronikou in an effort to raid Pompey for Ward, Pearce and Henderson before tonight’s 11pm deadline.

Grant Leadbitter and Damien Delaney were both mentioned as makeweights after Ipswich last week registered a £1.75m bid for the trio.

Jewell says that isn’t the case and is now uncertain of what deals can be completed.

Jewell said: ‘I never mentioned any of our players going there (Pompey). As far as I am aware, there has been no contact or no enquiries about Grant or Damien.

‘It is not dead (the bid for Pearce, Ward and Henderson). By the sounds of it, it will probably be difficult to get all three.

‘He (Pearce) says he hasn’t asked to move and he is a Portsmouth player so he is entitled to say that. I wouldn’t read too much into that, one way or another.’