Portsmouth have failed to reach agreement with midfielders Michael Brown and Richard Hughes in the contract dispute and the pair look now set to leave.

The duo have been frozen out of the side in recent weeks, leaving Pompey short on numbers, due to a clause in their contracts which states if the pair play one more game they will be entitled to new deals with increased wages the club cannot afford.

In a statement on the club's official website, chief executive David Lampitt said: "We sought to reach a compromise and we made what we consider to be very reasonable offers to both players. The players wanted more, as is their prerogative and there is no criticism for that, but we have been disciplined in our approach and will not pay more than market rate or we can afford."

He added: "Unfortunately, we have not reached an agreement and their offers have now been withdrawn as we have to move on and make some tough decisions about building for the future with alternative resources."

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