Pompey swoop leaves Hampton angry

Hampton & Richmond are furious after losing highly-rated youngster Dan Thompson to Portsmouth without receiving a penny for the young striker.

Thompson has joined Pompey on a one-year deal and is set to join Blue Square South side Havant & Waterlooville on loan.

Portsmouth were not obliged to offer any money for the player, who has been with Hampton for four years.

But the Beavers hoped Pompey would include some financial reward for them as part of the deal and say they are disappointed the Championship club are not prepared to do so.

“For a club the size of Portsmouth – paying players tens of thousands of pounds a week – not to even make a goodwill donation, disappoints us and leaves a very bitter taste in the mouth,” said Hampton chairman Steve McPherson.

And McPherson added that his club may now be reluctant to allow their players to join league teams on trial.

Thompson was given permission to train with Stoke, Newcastle, Crystal Palace and QPR prior to his move to Fratton Park and was on the radar of several other clubs.

“This will ahave an effect on our policy for allowing players to go on trial with professional clubs – in future we will look to protect our own interests first,” said McPherson.

“I really believe that the FA and the Premier League need to look at the double standards in place with regards to these situations and work with non-League clubs such as ourselves to resolve them.”

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