Nwankwo Kanu will quit Portsmouth if he were paid the full amount owed him for the remainder of his 12-month contract.
That is the claim from Pompeys administrator Trevor Birch, who insists the veteran striker’s agent is demanding the total worth of Kanu’s deal for him to leave Fratton Park early, despite the club still
fighting to stay alive.
The sum is believed to be in the region of £300,000 for a player whose current deal has already been lowered by a relegation clause.
Birch said: “The club is in the players’ hands.
“On one hand, them agreeing to defer wages gave the club a lifeline – but at the same time they need to take big cuts in the long term to enable it to survive.
“The ones we are having problems with are Kanu and Ben Haim. You cannot strike a deal with them.
“Kanu’s agent wants the full amount and at the moment he is going nowhere.
“His agent is digging his heels in as well, making demands, and it is very difficult to solve.”
Kanu, the scorer of Pompey’s FA Cup-winning goal in 2008, is among several players who the Blues are seeking to reach compromise agreements with.
Now aged 35, a back problem contributed to restricting his availability to just 12 matches this season.