Former Chelsea winger Boudewijn Zenden has rejected the chance to join Premier League side Portsmouth, after failing to agree personal terms.
Zenden’s wage demands were believed to be in the region of £30,000 per week. With Portsmouth’s new wage-cap being introduced only last week, the 33-year-old’s move always looked unlikely.
The former Dutch international is available on a free transfer, after being released by French side Marseille at the end of last season.
Blackburn, Burnley, Hull and Stoke City are all still said to be interested in the former Barcelona winger, with Blackburn leading the race for his signature.
Zenden made a total of 34 appearances last season, scoring four goals and providing three assists.
For Portsmouth supporters, this will be a refreshing act as the club do not fall victim to the rising wage demands of ageing stars.
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