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Portsmouth hopeful for owner number five!

Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie is hoping to secure a rescue package with a group from South Africa for the stricken club on Monday. Pompey are on the brink of financial meltdown and are due back in the High Court at the start of next month facing a winding-up order from HM Revenue and Customs over a multi-million pound unpaid tax bill.

He told ESPN: "The South African consortium is the one I have been talking to quite heavily this week. Fingers crossed, we can do a deal on Monday and I am very hopeful.

"The owner, Balram Chainrai, has stayed in the country to do a deal on Monday if we receive the documentation from them.

"Mr Chainrai has actually written off £10million of his own money with a possibility of getting it back over the next 10 or 15 years. It is a very, very honourable thing to do."

Storrie claims he has been threatened by Pompey fans angered by the scheme to sell players outside the transfer window, and even stated that the idea was first mooted by the Premier League.

He added: "I personally had very serious threats from supporters of the club about assaults on me personally. There has been a lot of abuse against me and my family because the fans think I was the one who put this proposal forward.

"It categorically was not me. The Premier League's decision is surprising because the idea came from them in the first place. The suggestion was put to us that this was worth doing.

"Avram is still confident we can get out of this and we have a good squad of players. We don't want to lose 10 points, we want to stay up."

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