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Portsmouth reject reports former chief executive instigated transfer deals

Former Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie played no part in the club's summer transfer deals, insists current incumbent David Lampitt. There had been reports circulating on the South Coast that Storrie had helped to broker the agreement which saw Marc Wilson head for Stoke and Dave Kitson and Liam Lawrence move in the opposite direction.

Lampitt, though, claims that was not the case, with Storrie no longer part of the decision-making team at Fratton Park.

Lampitt told The News: "Andrew was at the club along with myself and Steve. We were all across all of it. Certain people lead on certain deals.

"But nobody else from outside the club was involved. Myself, Andrew and Steve were involved in everything."

There had also been suggestions that the trio had become embroiled in heated debates regarding player movement, and Lampitt admits things could have run smoother.

He said: "There were no different agendas but that's not to say that we all necessarily agreed on all of the details of every deal.

"I'm not sure a manager ever wants to lose players. But it's a difficult balance to strike. You have to balance the needs of the football side with the needs of the financial side of the club.

"Sometimes you have to take decisions that may not make both sides entirely happy. But you try to get the balance right overall - and with the deals that were completed - I think we have done that.

"Probably everyone would rather have kept our squad intact and just added to it. But that was not realistic given the situation we find ourselves in."

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