Portsmouth are in such dire financial straits that they have asked the Premier League if they can sell players outside the transfer window.
However, the move will depend on their request being sanctioned by the Football Association and FIFA as well as the Premier League.
A spokesman for Pompey said:
“I can confirm we have put in a request to the Premier League to sell players outside the transfer window. It is something we are exploring.”
Pompey have not identified any specific players for sale but reports suggest Algeria World Cup star Nadir Belhadj, midfielder Kevin Prince-Boateng and young defender Mark Wilson could be made available according to published reports.
While the Premier League and the FA may make an exception for Pompey, it is unlikely FIFA will sanction the move. Portsmouth is basically bankrupt and the question is whether they go into administration or go out of business all together.