Another boost as Halford joins Forest

Greg Halford has agreed a switch to Nottingham Forest
Greg Halford has agreed a switch to Nottingham Forest
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Pompey have received another boost over player exits after Greg Halford agreed a deal to join Nottingham Forest.

The versatile 27-year-old is the third high-earner to leave Fratton Park this week after Luke Varney and David Norris joinedLeeds.

It moves Pompey a step closer to avoiding liquidation.

But they still need to reach compromise agreements with Tal Ben Haim, Kanu and Dave Kitson to be sure of surviving beyond August 10.

That’s the date administrator Trevor Birch says Pompey will fold if they cannot bring down their mammoth wage bill, which now stands at around £6.5m.

Halford joined Pompey from Wolves only last summer after initially impressing during a loan spell with the Blues the previous season.

But, as expected, he has made a quick return to the Championship with Forest for an undisclosed fee.

Pompey manager Michael Appleton said: ‘Greg is a very good footballer who is attractive to teams because he can play in a variety of positions and is confident in all of them.

‘I’m sure he will do very well and kick on with his career.’