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Portsmouth get all-clear to sell players now

Portsmouth have reportedly been given the all-clear to sell their players immediately to save the club.

The Mirror says in the latest traumatic and historic twists, the hard-up outfit learnt that they will be able to trade their men outside the transfer window due to a little-known 'club in crisis' rule.

No Premier League team has ever exercised this hardship clause before and Pompey now have a matter of days to find buyers for their players to avoid a winding-up order on March 1.

Nadir Belhadj, Kevin Prince Boateng and Mark Wilson are among those who could find buyers, although insiders revealed last night that there is 'not much interest' because so many clubs are tightening their belts.

A further complication in the sales is that FIFA will have to rule whether those who are moved out can play for their new clubs immediately - or have to wait until next season.

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