Date: 26th June 2011 at 10:22pm
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Ipswich Town have lodged a complaint with the Premier League concerning outstanding debts owed by Swansea City following striker Tamas Priskin’s loan deal at the Liberty Stadium last season.

Priskin joined the Swans on loan in March and scored one goal in four appearances before returning to Portman Road after suffering a knee injury. The Hungarian’s deal included a clause which entitled Town to a sum believed to be around £160,000 if Swansea went on to secure promotion through the Championship playoffs, which they did so in May. However, Chief Executive Simon Clegg has revealed that no such payment has yet been received, nor have outstanding wages.

‘I am hugely disappointed that a legally binding agreement reached in good faith by both clubs as part of Swansea’s final push for promotion is now being disputed,’ Clegg said in a statement on the Club’s Official Website. ‘Tamas arrived in Swansea fit and became injured whilst under their care. That’s football, but contracts have to be honoured and I have absolutely no interest in re-negotiating the agreement.’

Clegg also revealed that the Blues would push for the Premier League to enforce a transfer embargo on the newly-promoted Swans until the matter is resolved: ‘As a result of Swansea refusing to pay our invoices, I have reported them to the Premier League, sought an immediate transfer embargo and am now seeking full payment of all outstanding sums with the agreed contractual interest rate of 5% above base.’

However, Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has responded by insisting that his club was entirely unaware of any such dispute.

‘Myself and Simon Clegg talked a few weeks ago regarding the situation of Tamas Priskin returning early from his loan spell, but there has been no correspondence since,’ Jenkins said in an official club statement on the Swansea City Website.

‘While we are surprised and disappointed with Simon’s statement, we will address the situation and speak to him and Ipswich early next week.’

The Premier League has since confirmed receipt of Town’s complaint, though any transfer embargo seems somewhat unlikely as the Swans are unlikely to dispute payment should the case be ruled in favour of Ipswich as expected.

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