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Sat Apr 19 04:15:10 SAST 2014

Mokoena locked in Pompey dispute

TEAMtalk Media | 26 June, 2012 15:380 Comments
Aaron Mokoena is tipped to leave troubled Portsmouth for Wits

Aaron Mokoena's proposed move to Wits is in jeopardy as he remains locked in a settlement dispute with cash-strapped Portsmouth.

The former South Africa captain, who is keen to join the Students, is reportedly demanding over R7.9 million to cancel the final 12 months of his contract with the English side.

But Pompey administrator Trevor Birch says the club - who face potential liquidation - are unable to match Mokoena's demands.

"We are trying to come to an agreement with Aaron but that is stalling in terms of how much he is looking for to leave," Birch told the south coast club's official website.

"I read his agent in The News saying it wouldn't be a problem. Well, it's not a problem if you pay in full for them to go away. That's what they mean when it's not a problem.

"Basically, they want substantially more than we are prepared to offer so it is stalemate at the moment. The ball is in his court. We have put an offer to him and at the moment they are saying 'no'.

"If all of the players are going to take that view then this club is going to be liquidated, it's as simple as that. Both Portpin and the Trust have conditions that they won't buy the club unless the wage bill is reduced.

"So when will these players finally realise this is all we have got to play with at the moment? Ben Haim and Kanu have not gone any further either. We are waiting for them.

"It is very concerning. These demands will see the club ending up one way - and surely no-one wants that?"

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