Date: 9th September 2009 at 7:23am
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‘Reports’ on Tuesday were ‘claiming’ that Pompey were going to miss out on free agent Bolo Zenden after we failed to agree to wage demands of around £35,000 per week.

Which, ‘if true’, I thought was fair enough…

Although now The Mail is ‘claiming’ that he was only asking for £20,000 per week.

Which, for me – although of course this is still too much for any person to be paid to play football – was ‘fairer’, so if it is true that we refused to pay him that I am bitterly disappointed.

Of course what the papers say and what is actually true are often completely different things but the ‘claims’ are that his £1m a year contract was beyond SAF as he ‘wants a strict pay structure’, which I agree with but, as I say, I do not think that £20,000 for a player of his quality and experience was unreasonable – if that really is what he was asking… And if it was, and we have refused to pay ‘as little’ as that it would raise further questions. Although I would like to think that no deal is being struck as it was nearer the higher end of what he was ‘said’ to be asking, than the lower…

It is now said that the 33-year-old former Holland international will go and speak with Hull about a move to our relegation rivals.

The same paper also ‘claims’ that Henri Camara ‘must undergo a two-day trial at Portsmouth in his bid to win a one-year deal.’

PLAY UP POMPEY!


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