Michael Appleton revealed Akos Buzsaky has signed for Pompey on bargain-basement wages.
And the Blues boss has moved to debunk the myth his side are paying big money to land the players he has attracted to Fratton Park.
Appleton yesterday pulled off a coup to land former QPR attacking-midfielder Buzsaky on a month-long deal, after the Hungarian spent a period training with the club.
And Appleton made it clear just what a deal it was, as he explained the player is commanding minimal money to turn out for Pompey, with the club still in administration.
Appleton has been left frustrated by whispers he is shelling out to bring in men like Buzsaky, Brian Howard and Lee Williamson.
The News understands the club has a wage budget of £1.5m – placing them among the lowest in League One.
Appleton said: ‘Akos just wants to play. He is just keen to play football.
‘We haven’t got any money to pay people.
‘Regardless of what you hear from other managers, trust me, we don’t have money.
‘What we do have is players who are desperate to impress and do something together.
‘We’re paying Akos enough money to cover his petrol costs, expenses and bits and pieces. That’s what we’re paying him. That’s it.
‘He just wants to play for this football club.’
Appleton expects Buzsaky to remain at Pompey until January after he inked his contract yesterday.
But he admits it may be hard to keep the one-time Porto man beyond that period.
‘We know it’s very unlikely that, come January, he will still be playing for this football club unless we can offer him a ridiculous amount of money, which is highly unlikely,’ said Appleton.
‘But there’s a lot of games between now and then.
‘If we have a player of his quality in between now and then that’s great. It also allows us the time to go out and find someone who is nearly at the same quality to replace him, for the money we can cope with paying at the time.’