Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Warnock Raids Pompey Again

Leeds United, and boss Neil Warnock, are attempting to re-unite their new signing Jason Pearce with former team-mates Joel Ward and Greg Halford in an attempt to attract the duo to Elland Road. It has been well documented in the media recently that Joel Ward is being chased by Leeds, Crystal Palace and Ipswich Town, but it seems the Whites are in pole position. Reports in Yorkshire are claiming that a deal is close to being agreed, with Pompey expecting to receive a fee of around £500,000 for the local lad. Now it appears that the Championship side are chasing Portsmouth defender Greg Halford as well, attempting to benefit from Pompey’s last attempt fire-sale in order to try and keep the club alive. Halford joined Pompey after a six-month spell on loan at Fratton Park, finally making a permanent move for around £1m. With both Pearce’s departure paying off his initial transfer fee, and including a clause that gives Pompey a percentage of his sell-on fee, and Ward’s likely transfer fee and sell-on clause, Halford’s departure would likely be around the same £500,000, making a loss on his departure. Although with two years left on Halford’s contract and some crucial Premier League experience, Halford may attract a slightly larger fee for the Blues. Warnock is keen to complete a couple of deals before the 25th May when he goes away on holiday, so expect something to happen before then!

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