NIGEL QUASHIE has been handed a massive pay hike to join Saints in a 2½-year-deal.
The 26-year-old will see his wages rise from around 8,000 a week at Pompey to 14,000 a week with Saints.
But it is understood that salary will drop if Saints are relegated.
St Mary's boss Harry Redknapp is even considering handing Quashie the Saints captaincy from Kevin Phillips.
As the deal was being set up, vice-captain Quashie, who made more than 160 appearances after a 600,000 move from Nottingham Forest in 2000, was left out of Pompey's squad against Blackburn.
Although the midfielder had said he wanted to be part of the squad for the game against Blackburn, he was left out – and jeered by sections of the crowd.
Stuart Hill, 25, from Bedhampton, said: 'He's stabbed us in the back.
'He's thrown away everything by going down the road to them, and it's another bitter pill for the supporters to swallow.'
But Ty Europe season-ticket holder Jack Rose, 20, from Crookhorn said: 'Quashie doesn't deserve the stick he has received.
'He always plays with his heart and has every right to ask for more money.
'He has played every game this season and can see the likes of Eyal Berkovic sat on the bench on three times his wages. It looks as if he is being forced out.'
Fratton chief scout Stuart Morgan could join Redknapp at Saints after parting company with Pompey.
Morgan's chief-scout post will not be filled, with Blues boss Velimir Zajec assuming overall control of the scouting network.'
More Saints news in Local Football in the Sport pulldown menu.