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Chainrai Wants Hong Kong Player At Pompey

Balram Chainrai would like to add a Hong-Kong-based player to Pompey's squad. The 51-yearold businessman, who is in negotiations to re-purchase the club out of administration, is based in Hong Kong and he thinks it would be a good opportunity. "I really want to bring at least one player from Hong Kong into the squad. Why not? It's a great opportunity for Hong Kong football and I'm confident there are players good enough in Hong Kong to make the grade here," he told the South China ....

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Vanden Borre Set To Return In Boateng Swap Deal?

Pompey are set to re-sign Anthony Vande Borre from Genoa as part of the deal which will take Kevin Prince Boateng the other way. According to reports in Italy, Vanden Borre will come to Fratton Park on loan, as he did last season, while Boateng will fetch around £5.5m for the club. Belgian international Vanden Borren made a good impression last season, playing as a right back and ....

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Skipper: Pompey's Results Will Improve As Fitness Does

Proud new captain Marc Wilson reckons Pompey’s results will improve as their fitness does. Wilson admitted Coventry appeared to want the win more than the Blues in the Ricoh Arena’s opening-day Championship fixture, but said he expected Pompey to improve – hopefully starting with the League Cup trip to Stevenage on Monday ....

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Pompey Sign Up Express Deal To Maintain Match-day Radio Coverage

Live radio coverage of Pompey’s games will continue to be broadcast from the city this season following the last-minute formation of a football-loving community partnership. Fans looked set to lose live football commentary and analysis by a Portsmouth-based station –  as well as a popular football-hour chat show – after Celador Radio bought Quay Radio out of administration but did not reach agreement over renewing the existing broadcasting agreement with the club. But ....

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Pompey 5, Hmrc 0: A Comprensive Win, But There's Work Still To Be Done...

In the end it was a whitewash. Pompey 5, HMRC 0 if you like. While there will be considerable gnashing of teeth and wailing about Pompey 'getting away with it' the truth of the matter is that HMRC were trying to use Portsmouth City Football Club as a scarificial lamb for the wider perceived sins of football. It was prepared to forego £6m of taxpayers money to do so, and will now received ....

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Will Hmrc's Guestimate Find Favour With The Court. Pompey's Future Is In The Balance...

It's called 'brinkmanship'. And on the eve of the season Portsmouth Football Club potentially stands on the brink of extinction as it sweats on Mr Justice Mann's decision in the case of PCFC v HMRC. In Wednesday's High Court hearing, Anthony Seldon QC issued a start warning that if Balram Chainrai doesn't take over the club with the CVA that has been negotiated, it would be the end of ....

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Pompey Hold A Narrow Half Time Lead Over Hmrc United...

To use a football analogy Pompey probably hold a narrow half time lead over Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs after a largely dull 'first half' of their anticipated High Court clash in London. The kick off was surprisingly delayed, as HMRC submitted a raft of new paperwork around the case, causing the 'ref' Mr Justice Mann, to retire to his chagning rooms to consider some late changes to ....

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Administrator's Warning As Pompey Head For Court

Last week Pompey went to Dean Court; this week they go to the High Court. And Andrew Andronikou has effectively told Pompey fans and Steve Cotterill to forget the idea of any further squad-strengthening as the club battle for survival. The administrator says the Blues are lucky to be where they are and need to concentrate on getting through the latest challenge by HMRC, which sees Pmpey back in ....

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Exclusive: Pompey Reach Agreement With Gaydamak Over Car Park

Pompey and former owner Sacha Gaydamak have reached an agreement to allow fans to freely access the car park behind the Fratton End for Linvoy Primus's testimonial match. Gaydamak, who owns the land behind the stadium, had installed his own contractors, changed the locks and was planning to charge £10 per car to park on the land. But now, after the intervention of Portsmouth Chief ....

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It's Getting Slippery In Greece For Pompey

Pompey are trying to do major bits of business with two Greek clubs – but, as has so often been the case in recent months, it’s not quite going to plan. They look like missing out on landing ex-Blackburn striker Matt Darbyshire in part exchange for Kevin Prince Boateng – but may have more joy in trying to offer John Utaka to Panathanaikos in return for two ....

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Pompey Get A New Defender - And A New Date

Pompey have completed the signing of Stoke defender Ibrahima Sonko on a season-long loan. It came on the day the Blues were told HMRC’s appeal against the proposed CVA will be heard on August 3 – giving them fresh hope their transfer embargo will be lifted before the season begins Advertisement Bristol City were trying to make a late move for Sonko. ....

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Can We Come Home Now? Pompey's Stateside State Worsens

If Pompey had made a list of everything that could go wrong during their trip to America, they’d have ticked every item off it by now, and probably found a couple of others they hadn’t thought of. A 4-0 defeat against DC United in Washington rounded off a miserable tour on a weekend when they were hit by more injuries and travel ....

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Foursome Give Pompey A Timely Lift In Washington

The return of four recognised first-teamers looks like strengthening Pompey for their final friendly in America, against DC United, later tonight. Richard Hughes, Hayden Mullins, Tommy Smith and Jamie Ashdown could all feature, boosting a squad badly hit by injuries and unavailability this summer. Advertisement Smith has been out with a hip injury for more than a ....

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Wilson Gives Pompey A Timely Boost

In a week dominated by agents’ greed and players getting injured, Marc Wilson has given Pompey a timely lift by pledging his immeditate future to Fratton Park. The Irish utility man has attracted interest from Premier League pair Newcastle and Fulham but says he is happy at Pompey. That is a major boost to Steve Cotterill at a time when he is struggling to field 11 ....

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One Pompey Star Heads For Exit - If Only Another Two Would Join Him

Sunderland have emerged as favourites to extend David James’ Premier League career after Pompey conceded defeat in their efforts to keep him – but hopes of bringing in much-needed revenue for Tal Ben Haim and Kevin Prince Boateng have taken knockbacks. James has not given Pompey an answer to their repeated pleas to him to stay and chief executive David Lampitt has, quite ....

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Pompey Confident Long Legal Battle Will Come To A Head Soon

Pompey hope the taxman’s appeal against the administration team’s plans for a creditors’ agreement will be heard before the start of the season. Chief executive David Lampitt has revealed they have asked the courts to speed up the appeal process, and they seem hopeful this will be granted. The hope is that if Pompey are successful, that will see their transfer embargo lifted ....

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Pompey Boys Are On Tour - And It's The Perfect Preparation

Steve Cotterill believes Pompey’s American tour is sharpening up some of Pompey’s youngsters nicely for a tough season in the Championship. The Pompey boss is using the trip to weigh up who he thinks is worth keeping at Fratton Park for the new campaign and he reckons those that do prove themselves will have gained valuable experience ....

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Why The Taxman Won't Let Go In His Pompey Pursuit

The News of the World says HMRC’s dogged pursuit of Pompey is the first stage in a battle to stop football cheating the public purse. A report by Dan King says the tax authorites may look like they are persecuting Pompey but they want to win their legal battle over the size of the debt Pompey owe them in order to take on dozens of other ....

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Pompey Purchase Bid Is Still On - But Fans Are Sceptical

Pompey fans have given a cool reception to news Rob Lloyd believes he is making good progress with a bid to buy the club. Lloyd, frontman for a mystery investor, has held further ‘positive’ talks with the administrators and plans to meet them again on Monday. Advertisement Fans on this messageboard seem to take the view they will believe Lloyd’s ....

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Pompey's Demand Over Taxman's Appeal

Pompey are pushing for the High Court to set an early date HMRC’s appeal against their CVA – fearing the delay the appeal will bring will further damage the club’s attempts to get back on an even keel. Their call came on a day of two-way transfer activity with the Blues taking Stoke defender Ibrahima Sonko on loan – subject to Football League approval – and Tal Ben ....

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What Next For Pompey? The Question No-one Seems To Know How To Answer

As has so often been the case in Pompey's past year, there are more questions than answer. The essential one is: What options, if any, are open to the club now HMRC have appeaed against the CVA that looked capable of taking them out of administration. No-one, at this stage, seems to know what will, or may, happen next. Can Pompey still be sold? Might HMRC actually lose this appeal? Is there ....

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Mokoena U-turn May Be So Important To Pompey

Aaron Mokoena has dropped a big hint that he may stay at Pompey – which could be welcome news if, as feared, the transfer embargo remains in place until the autumn. The South African captain is said to be interesting Bolton and Avram Grant’s West Ham now the World Cup is over, but he says his heart is at Pompey and he has been told he will get a new deal if he ....

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Why Pompey Are Fearing The Worst

Pompey are bracing themselves for the taxman to appeal against the CVA agreed by a majority of creditors a month ago – what no-one knows is what grounds it might be on, nor how much chance of success it would have. The administrators believe the fact they have not had HMRC getting in touch for talks mean they plan to take the fight further, which would cast further doubt over the ....

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World Cup Star Could Follow Diop Out Of Pompey Door

Steve Cotterill has dropped a big hint that John Utaka could be the next big earner to leave Pompey. The Nigerian could be bound for the Middle East or France following Papa Bouba Diop’s move to AEK Athens, agreed over the weekend. But Pompey hope Aaron Mokoena won’t be following them out the door. Advertisement Utaka is interesting clubs in the Middle ....

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Few Tears Will Be Shed As Diop Ends Pompey Stay

Pompey’s wage bill is looking a lot more healthy after they managed to offload Papa Bouba Diop to AEK Athens. The midfielder - one of the Blues' bigger earners - was always likely to move on this summer with the administrators cutting costs left, right and centre. And the fact is few Pompey fans will shed a tear at the departure of a player who never shone at Fratton like had at other ....

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