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Portsmouth sale moves closer as senior players leave 10 August 2012

Devastated former FA Cup winners Portsmouth look likely to be sold after administrators struck a deal to off load all senior players.

The final member of the squad Irish international Liam Lawrence will leave the club when the paperwork is finalised later today (10 August).

Yesterday Trevor Birch, partner at PKF, confirmed a deal had been reached with defender Tal Ben Haim over unpaid wages and he would now leave the troubled south coast club.

However, the club is still in dispute with striker Nwankwo Kanu who left in July but still claims around £3m in unpaid wages dating back to 2006.

But with Lawrence and Ben Haim off the books the administrators have met the major condition of the offer from Portpin, which formed the basis for the CVA proposal.

According to Birch he will now aim to finalise discussions with Portpin with a view to completing the sale of the club early next week just days before the season kicks off.

Birch said: “I’d like to thank Liam for his support and all of the other players for putting the club’s interests ahead of their own.

“They have all had to make very difficult decisions and been placed in an impossible position which wasn’t of their making.”

He added: “The offer from the Pompey Supporters’ Trust remains a fall-back position and we are pleased to note that the council has agreed to provide a loan facility to support the trust’s bid.”

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