Middlesbrough coughed up £5M for O'Neil

Portsmouth will receive only half of Gary O'Neil's £5million transfer fee up front from Middlesbrough, with the rest based on appearances.

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Former England Under-21 captain O'Neil swapped Fratton Park for the Riverside Stadium in a surprise deadline-day move.

It has not been disclosed how many games 24-year-old O'Neil, who joined Pompey as a schoolboy, must play to activate the full payment.

But agent John Mac told Portsmouth News: "Things had to be restructured between the clubs, but it didn't mean Middlesbrough paying less than £5million for him. In fact they will end up paying slightly more on appearances.

"If they had offered less than £5million Gary would have been sent back - simple as that. There is no way he would have gone for less than £5million because Pompey had three other clubs prepared to pay that amount."

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