Pompey contemplate Nugent return

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Portsmouth boss Avram Grant is considering recalling David Nugent from his loan at Burnley as the possibility of a prolonged transfer embargo looms at Fratton Park.

The Premier League have imposed the player-registration freeze until they are happy with the club's finances and although there has been dialogue, Pompey have yet to provide sufficient assurances.

For those working under owner Ali Al Faraj, paying wages appears to be the short-term priority but getting the transfer embargo lifted looks just as important.

Grant could recall Nugent if his options are limited and he said: "We are thinking about this. In the next few days we will know. It depends on many things. But it could happen."

The magnitude of the crisis has been highlighted by players not being paid on time three times this season - this month's salary was due on New Years' Eve, then on Tuesday but there was no confirmation of deposits being made by mid-afternoon the day after the revised deadline.

Pompey chief executive Peter Storrie believes the club may need to sell players to stay afloat.

"If the way to keep this club alive is to sell a couple of players again, we will have to do that - but it will be an owner's decision," said Storrie.

"It will look doom and gloom but what is the other side of that? The other side of that is if you do not sell, then you could well be going into administration.

"The new owners have come in almost overnight and to be fair they have put a lot of money in the club.

"They thought they were in a strong position to replace bank finance and bring in a major new investor that was going to come in and be involved.

"But those two things have not happened and although they are working on doing that, time is catching up with them in terms of the debts and the money that is needed to run a Premier League football side."

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