KARL Oyston has explained why some players have get-out clauses in their contracts as speculation grows about the futures of Wes Hoolahan and Kaspars Gorkss.
The pair are available for a knockdown price because of the smallprint in their contracts.
Norwich City are the latest club reported to be preparing to swoop and could land the pair for as little as half a million pounds.
Oyston doesn't like get-out clauses but insists they are sometimes a necessary evil, and he won't rule out using them again in future contract negotiations.
"We take a view on each and every case," said the chairman.
"If not having a clause means that we can't sign a player that we really, really want to sign then I think we've got to take a view that we have a clause that gives them a get-out.
"But we take each case on its own merits and if it's a player we are desperate to sign - though we're obviously desperate to sign any player that Simon identifies and we talk to - then we may have to do it.
"But I'm not going to say there is any hard and fast rule for anything.
"We try and bring about the result that the manager wants, which is to get the players here that he thinks, and we all think, can keep us in this division and progress us in this division."
Pool are bracing themselves for offers for Gorkss and Hoolahan, who is hoping to feature for the Republic of Ireland against Colombia at Fulham's Craven Cottage tonight.
According to newspaper reports in East Anglia, Norwich boss Glenn Roeder has been given the green light to launch a double transfer bid for the duo.
Asked about possible bids coming in for players, Oyston said: "I won't comment on rumours about what might or might not happen.
"When and if there is something to say about players arriving or leaving then we'll discuss it then.
"There is nothing that's likely to change for the time being."