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Pompey look to offload Ben-Haim

July 14, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Portsmouth administrator Andrew Andronikou has revealed a deal to sell Tal Ben-Haim could be completed as early as this week as West Ham and an unnamed Greek club show interest.

Tal Ben Haim
GettyImagesTal Ben Haim could follow Avram Grant to West Ham

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Ben-Haim, 28, is one of the highest earners at Fratton Park and, with Papa Bouba Diop set to join AEK Athens, Andronikou is keen to drive the wage bill down further.

"Now we are speaking about Ben-Haim, and hopefully we can tie that one up in the next day or two," Andronikou told the News.

"There are a couple of clubs we are talking to and we are looking to do a deal similar to Diop. I have to say, Ben-Haim is one of the highest-earning players. Potentially higher even than David James.

"He did not want to exercise his relegation release clause. As a club, we cannot exercise it for him. In the meantime, it's been a Jimmy Bullard scenario. We are struggling to find clubs who want to pay the same sort of wages.

"West Ham are interested and there is a Greek team. We are hoping to meet both to try to get things going. The problem has been West Ham are not willing to pay the player what he has been earning here and there is a gap between the two.

"Hopefully, something can be sorted very, very soon."