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Smith rumours prove true too!

'Rumours' that Tommy Smith's £1.5m move to QPR had not gone through on time had been going around long before news, and confirmation, that Liam Lawrence's move to Pompey had not gone either...

Well, this evening has seen Pompey confirm - on The Pompey Site - that this deal did indeed fail to go through on time.

A statement said: 'the Football League have rejected the permanent transfer of Tommy Smith from Pompey to QPR due to administrative issues outside the Blues' control.

'The two clubs are now working to bring the player to Loftus Road on a loan basis in time for QPR's fixture against Middlesbrough on Saturday, ahead of a permanent transfer in January.'

To be fair, despite the fact that the Lawrence balls up seems to be very much a case of incompetence our end, this was an error at QPR's end - with it also being 'said' recently that another transfer in, and one loan move out, all failed to be completed on time.

If this has proven the case I could not say?

So, it looks like - much as we are trying with Lawrence, not that I am convinced this will be 'ratified' - we are now looking to do a deal where Smith is loaned to QPR until the New Year when we then sell him on the same principle?

Problem is we need money now...


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    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Tuesday September 7 2010

    Time: 6:36PM

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    So its not just Pompey who can't get a deal through on time then.
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    07/09/2010 18:42:00

    nope and we shouldnt be so hard on ourselves Tracy. At least we could complain about LL being on international duty and taking until the last minute to make up his mind. Blackpool are totally miffed Nugent just didn't answer his phone... now why would any player turn down the prem to stay with the bottom of the league champ club??? Let's hope its loyalty
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    07/09/2010 19:10:00

    I don't know how LL only making up his mind at the last minute constitutes 'incompetance' at our end? - but lets carry on knocking the club whether it's justified or not.......
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    07/09/2010 19:25:00

    I'm with you blue - these things happen. Personally I think the whole concept behind Wilson to Stoke, LL and kitson to Pompey, Smith to PR for a bundle of cash and the loans and resignings we have done represents a high level of competency fromt he current club management
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    07/09/2010 19:36:00

    How come it has taken the Football League over a week to decide that the paperwork was a couple of minutes late?
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    07/09/2010 19:53:00

    All irrelevant none if the clubs want the deal to fall through; they will be done on a loan basis and firmed up in January 11.
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    07/09/2010 20:16:00

    welly, I understand that the FL needed to find out who was culpable, and according to the FL in each case it was the club. QPR are informally saying that Pompey were late sending them the necessary; still as long as the players are training and it is resolved for them to play for their intended clubs there is no harm done. Saying that as loans the loaning club must pay the wages then invoice the user club so it probablycomplicates AA and DL's accounting.
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    07/09/2010 20:23:00

    Well - let's not jump to conclusions here that it's QPR's fault for this deal to have fallen by the wayside. It seems the paperwork was in - TWO minutes after the 6.00pm deadline - earlier than the paperwork for your Lawrence deal (apparently 6.10pm). But the whole point is - unless you are Prem team (eg Spurs - Van der Vaart) you've just GOT to get your paperwork in to the Football League BEFORE the deadline or they just wont approve the deal. But I agree - if you need the money now - I hope that the two Clubs can do a deal that suits everyone but helps you at the same time. We've been where you've been and it's ugly - so good luck (except, of course, when we play you!!!)
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    07/09/2010 21:05:00

    pompeyrug, I would suggest that you look a little closer to home before blaming us for the the foul-up. After all, it doesn't look good on an Administrator's CV if he screws up a deal to bring in vital funds, while also messing up the signing of a player on the "cheap".
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    08/09/2010 01:06:00

    not concerned with who's fault, one question if either Smith or LL have a season ending injury can either party pull out of the deal?
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    08/09/2010 08:00:00

    interesting point that Jims - I wonder
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    08/09/2010 11:00:00

    QPR - Rug's just retelling the story from other sources... it's not like he's the Pompey cheif exec throwing mud around. Stoke blame us, our clubs blaming QPR... blah blah blah. Take a look at our boards, no one is harder on pompey fc at that moment than some of our longest suffering fans
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    08/09/2010 11:02:00


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