Appy expects more exits

Luke Varney could be next out of the Fratton Park exit door
Luke Varney could be next out of the Fratton Park exit door
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More players are likely to be on their way from Pompey – despite the cash injection from the Football League.

Michael Appleton revealed the League’s payment of around £800,000 for previously-withheld TV revenue will not stop his squad being hit by more exits.

But he does expect a new attacking body through the door – although not before tomorrow’s clash with Brighton.

Appleton admits there is plenty of interest in his men, with Luke Varney wanted by Leeds.

West Ham and Ipswich are two of up to five clubs keen on Stephen Henderson.

The Pompey boss has heard nothing of Watford interest in Joel Ward or Crystal Palace being keen in David Norris, despite speculation.

He knows the likelihood is there will be more departures, though.

Appleton said: ‘There’s interest in a lot of our players and Trevor (Birch) is speaking to one or two clubs.

‘There’s a strong possibility that we might still lose players. What the Football League money will do is safeguard us as much as we possibly can to make sure the basic running of the club is okay until the end of the season. We are talking about the day-to-day running.

‘It would be really difficult if we lost Luke.

‘He’s one of our biggest assets, along with the three boys who are always quoted.

‘But a lot of these decisions aren’t football decisions.

‘I still think we’re in a position that if some of the bigger boys came in, we’d have to sit down and listen to what the best solution is.’

Appleton added: ‘We are looking at two or three younger players. We’re progressing. It could be done on Sunday.’