Amakhosi’s football manager Bobby Motaung tells KickOff.com they are yet to agree a fee with Portsmouth for the services of Onismor Bhasera, because Pompey are in the red financially. While chatting to KickOff.com last week, Motaung said he has a fax from Portsmouth stating that they are struggling financially and that’s the reason the two teams haven’t agreed a transfer fee yet, but negotiations are ongoing, Motaung added. “Portsmouth have financial problems… I have a letter from them and they say they owe Chelsea, they owe this one… it is their problem, not our problem!”, Motaung responded when asked what is happening to the Bhasera deal.
“They can’t afford to pay us small change … we said it is compensation, not a transfer fee. We even said to them we will give you six months grace period to keep the player and pay us in January,” Motaung said. Now there are fresh claims as to why the deal hasn’t been finalised, Portsmouth say on their website, quoting an unnamed club spokesperson. “The situation is that Onismor believes he is a free agent and Kaizer Chiefs say he isn’t, so we have asked Fifa to look into it to enable us to progress with the move. “We have successfully appealed a work-permit and want the player to sign for Pompey, but he can only do so once we know the true nature of his registration. This has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with finance and to suggest such is misguided and inaccurate,” the statement reads. “If he is a free agent, why are Portsmouth talking to us? What does his contract say? His contract expires at the end of this season (30 June 2010),” Motaung hits back. Bhasera couldn’t be reached for comment.