The Fire Sale Begins?

Last updated : 30 January 2012 By Jim Bonner

Portsmouth players have not been paid their wages for the month today after the club's bank account was frozen by HMRC.

Michael Appleton had to break the news to the players and now faces players being sold quickly in order to pay the wages and the outstanding tax bill, although Pompey officials are looking to resolve the problem and clear the account for funding by the end of the week.

As it stands, Ryan Williams will be the first one out of the door as he is set to join Fulham tomorrow. The 17-year-old was at Craven Cottage today and will play a trial game for Martin Jol's team tonight ahead of a £500,000 move.

It looks like there will be more departures with Ipswich strongly linked with Jason Pearce and Joel Ward, with a fourth bid likely to be made for the duo after Paul Jewell watched them star in the 3-0 win at Peterborough on Saturday.

Joining them could be Stephen Henderson who is also said to be on the Tractor Boys' radar whilst it has been rumoured that Brighton boss Gus Poyet is trying to take Dave Kitson off our hands but can't agree a financial deal for him.

It may also be difficult to push potential deals through tomorrow as every player sale has to be sanctioned by the court and it seems like club officials are refusing to sign off transfers.

The news will be a bitter, but somewhat unexpected blow to us Pompey fans. After all, we have been through this before and bad news is just second nature to this club now.

Tomorrow should be an interesting day as we look to see how much damage is done to our team by 11pm tomorrow.