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Last Updated: Friday February 19 2010 12:12 GMT

Portsmouth plea to sell stars

Portsmouth FC

Portsmouth have asked the Premier League for permission to sell players outside of the transfer window as they search for money to save the club.

English teams can't buy or sell players outside the winter and summer transfer windows which run from 1 January to 31 January and from 1 June to 31 August.

Pompey is around £60 million in debt and will have to pay back £12 million by 1 March 2010.

If they're allowed to sell players it would help them raise the money.

Portsmouth's money problems

Portsmouth have already had four owners this season and it looks like they could soon get another.

So far they've not been able to sort out the club's financial problems.

Permission

If the club do get permission to sell players, reports suggest Algeria international Nadir Belhadj, midfielder Kevin Prince-Boateng and young defender Marc Wilson could be made available.

The Premier League will ask the other 19 clubs what they think before making a decision.

It is likely any players sold would only be allowed to play in the Premier league, not any other competitions.