Blues allay fears of transfer embargo

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DAVID LAMPITT has dismissed talk that Pompey are under a new transfer embargo.

The Blues’ chief executive has shot down the suggestion the club cannot sign players because of the ongoing Tal Ben Haim saga.

He rubbished those claims and promised Steve Cotterill can bring in players to boost his squad as normal.

The hope is that will begin to take place this week after Cotterill met with owner Roman Dubov yesterday.

Pompey could, in theory, be hit with an embargo at a Football League hearing at the end of next month.

That relates to a dispute over Ben Haim not being paid his £36,000-a-week wages since the start of this year.

Pompey are confident they have a strong case on that front, though, if the issue wasn’t resolved before the hearing.

Lampitt promised there are no restrictions currently in place like the embargo which was put on Pompey last year after they went into administration.

Lampitt said: ‘I can categorically confirm that we are not under an embargo.

‘There’s no suggestion that we will be placed under one.

‘We’ve got a case to put forward to the Football League with relation to Ben Haim at a tribunal, and we will do that.

‘It’s all part of protecting the best interests of the club.’

Meanwhile, Pompey have again been linked with a move for Burnley defender Andre Bikey.

The Blues are said to be interested in the Cameroon international, who Cotterill was thought to be keen on making a move for in January.

Midfielder David Norris is close to being announced as a Pompey signing after his release from Ipswich.

Cotterill is less hopeful of landing Barnsley defender Jason Shackell. Reading midfielder Brian Howard has also been linked.