Pompey players remaining calm

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Defender Hermann Hreidarsson insists there is no panic at Portsmouth after the cash-strapped club asked the Premier League whether they could sell players outside the transfer window.

Pompey want to sell some of their players in a bid to pay their bills and have asked the Premier League for permission to do so, but the move will depend on their request being sanctioned by the Football Association and FIFA as well as the Premier League.

FIFA confirmed to Press Association Sport: "FIFA can confirm it has received correspondence from The FA relating to the financial situation at Portsmouth FC and proposed measures to be taken in this respect."

Meanwhile, Hreidarsson knows the situation is out of the players' hands and the only thing they can worry about is helping secure three points against Stoke on Saturday.

"Well the people behind the scenes are working hard to sort the situation out," he told Sky Sports News.

"We just have to try and do our job. That's all we can do. We just have to go out on Saturday and try to pick up points.

"That's the end of the matter really. That's what we'll be trying to do and people behind the scenes are trying to sort out the club.

"The club has to stay alive. There's a lot at stake. The players will stay professional and keep trying to do our job."

Pompey have not identified any specific players for sale but reports suggest Algeria World Cup star Nadir Belhadj, midfielder Kevin Prince-Boateng and young defender Mark Wilson, could be made available.

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