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Birch expects Ward movement

Portsmouth's administrator Trevor Birch expects a conclusion to be reached over the future of youngster Joel Ward by the middle of this week.

Last Updated: 21/05/12 at 12:23

Ward: Set to depart Portsmouth

Ward: Set to depart Portsmouth

A host of clubs are thought to be chasing the 22-year-old, with Sheffield Wednesday and Blackpool the latest names to be linked with his signature. Burnley, Crystal Palace, Ipswich and Leeds are also believed to be interested in the defender.

Birch says he is still unsure of Ward's destination but expects any move to be completed in the coming days, with the versatile youngster expected to leave the relegated club for a fee in the region of £450,000.

"We are still waiting for news on that situation - there has been no further movement," Birch told the Portsmouth News.

"Obviously I cannot be certain when it will go through but I would have thought it could be around the middle of this week.

"It has taken time. We have all been waiting on this one, hopefully it can go through soon."

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think all those names linked to United exits make sense. Kagawa has never really looked like hitting the form he had at Dortmund and Fellaini is radioactive after last season (even though I think he's been unfairly singled out for criticism). Nani and Anderson have had more than their fair share of chances so they are done, and Hernandez deserves better than warming a bench.

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e'll be off to Spurs (or better) in January and I don't blame him. Looking forward to re-signing Grant Holt as his replacement though.

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n fairness, he does look absolutely shattered in that photo.....

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