No offers for ‘wanted’ Pompey duo

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Trevor Birch has insisted Pompey are still to receive any bids for their players despite persistent rumoured interest.

Luke Varney is the latest to be linked with a switch away from Fratton Park – Leeds reportedly the club involved.

The Blues forward has this weekend been linked along with the sought-after David Norris in a double swoop by Neil Warnock, who has already snapped up Jason Pearce.

Sources in Leeds believe the pair are high on Warnock’s wanted list as he seeks to revamp his Championship squad for a promotion push.

But Birch is adamant nobody has yet lodged a bid with Pompey. Norris has also been interesting Sheffield Wednesday – Dave Jones’ side keen on taking him to Hillsborough.

As it stands, though, the Blues’ administer claims he is still waiting for offers.

Birch said: ‘There is nothing more on those players, in fact any of the players.

‘We have still not received a bid from anyone, despite all the rumours we all keep hearing.

‘Nothing is happening on that front.

‘In fairness, some of them are trying to get fixed up, so things are going on with agents and clubs. There are three out of the 10 players we are seeking compromise agreements with [Tal Ben Haim, Aaron Mokoena and Kanu].

‘With the others we are going to wait and see what we can sell them for.

‘If there is the chance we can receive any fee we want to try to do that.’

Meanwhile, Pompey’s future is set to become a little clearer following today’s CVA meeting.

Creditors are due to meet at Fratton Park at 11am to discuss Portpin’s proposals to take over the club.

In addition, the Trust lodged their bid on Friday and will now vie with twice-former owner Balram Chainrai for the club.

Birch added: ‘Today’s meeting is the first stage in the beginning of the end.

‘The creditors will vote on whether there will be a modification of the proposals which will allow us to see if there is a better offer during the 28-day cooling period.

‘The Trust have made an offer and we must now consider that, work with them and see if it is acceptable.

‘We need time to do this, we cannot just accept it.’

– NEIL ALLEN