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Greed to prevent Ben-Haim exit?

A 'West Ham source' has told Soccernet that Tal Ben-Haim, commonly 'thought' to have all but completed a free transfer move to Upton Park, WILL NOT go anywhere unless the wages that he is on at Fratton are matched?

These wages, even though we have been told the highest earners at the club are on no more than 'a mere' £30,000 per week, are 'said' to be £45,000 per week!

That cannot be right...

This so-called 'source' is 'claiming' that his agent is also looking for a £1m signing on fee and unless the wages are matched the guy has no intention of leaving: 'yes, we would love to sign the player, but not at the moment as his wages are £45,000-a-week and his agent wants a £1 million fee - both too high.

'The problem is he has two years left on his Portsmouth contract, though he can leave for nothing as they were relegated.

'Why should he leave unless he gets the same wage? But a club like West Ham can no longer afford to pay every player £40-45,000-a-week. Clubs like West Ham have to draw the line somewhere or every club will go broke.'

I think we need to be careful not to 'believe too much that we read', especially the ludicrously high wages that are 'claimed' - surely he cannot be on that much!

Although I must say that it would not surprise me in the least that a modern day footballer would prefer to 'bleed a club dry' by refusing to move due to the money not being enough, or an agent looking to do the same.

So, whilst I have little doubt that plenty of 'haggling' is ongoing, taking the '£45,000 per week' talk with a pinch of salt 'might' be advised as other 'reports' elsewhere have been reporting that a deal would be signed and agreed by Monday...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday June 24 2010

Time: 3:27PM

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It's a bit stupid of the hammers they knew what his salary was before they made a bid; why make the player an offer that's going to offend the man. TBH is known to be concerned about his money making image in Israel and his Market will crash if he doesn't play in the Prem so I don't think he will be here next season.
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24/06/2010 15:38:00

The Hammers are run by a couple of spivs and that explains everything.
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24/06/2010 16:41:00

I wouldn't call it greed , Rug. TBH is on a contract which should be honoured. Blame the Pompey negotiators if it's too high a wage. I would fault him though if he doesn't want to play for us and is here only for the wage. As he's now 28 it unfortunately harks of the old days when we used to pay silly wages to 'names' to play out their retirement years.
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24/06/2010 18:51:00

Agreed blue, another Storrie episode.
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25/06/2010 09:31:00


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