Pompey seek Ben Haim sale

14 July 2010 01:04
Portsmouth are hoping defender Tal Ben Haim will soon depart Fratton Park to help alleviate their financial concerns. The Israel international is believed to be wanted by Premier League side West Ham United and club administrator Andrew Andronikou is hopeful former manager Avram Grant will take him to Upton Park. Following Papa Bouba Diop's transfer to AEK Athens, Andronikou now wants to see the 28-year-old centre-back walk through the exit door at the south coast outfit. Speaking to The News, Andronikou said: "Now we are speaking about Ben Haim and hopefully we can tie that one up in the next day or two. "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."

Source: ESA