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Finally Ben-Haim goes...on loan!

It has taken all summer, well may would argue all year, to shift Tal Ben-Haim but FINALLY this has been confirmed.

The drawback is this is ONLY a 5-month loan...

A move to West Ham, which has fallen through on a couple of occasions, has happened although quite why this is only a loan is beyond me given the fact that he has a relegation release clause that allows him to leave on a free!

Quite clearly this must, almost certainly, mean we are paying a small, medium, large or even all of his wages - I bet we have not got a loan fee either?

Although there have been some 'rumours' that West Ham are covering the wages - the fact it is a loan implies not and seems odd, why not have just signed him on a 'short-term' contract? So, I cannot see anything other than us paying some, no doubt a large amount, of these wages...

Jamie Ashdown is not going to be one player going to West Ham though, by all accounts.

It was 'said' that they had made a 'late enquiry' for him, although a 2-year contract will be signed at Fratton this week.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 3 2010

Time: 12:38PM

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Tal probably didn't want to sign a short-term deal with West Ham if he's got a longer deal with Pompey. And West Ham would want to see how he holds up fitness wise. So a loan deal makes sense.
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03/08/2010 12:58:00

Well that will have freed up another space, and according to SC no-one would leave unless there was someone ready to fill the spot. I guess that is Ashdown, Jordan and Kanu then as the three remaining spaces.
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03/08/2010 13:03:00

i could be a real optimist and say we will be out of administration and have a new owner and have enough capital to pay his wages on return when he can help us stay in the division. or i could be a pessimist and say WH wont be paying all 100% and you could argue he is still in the squad therefore no new space opened up etc etc.
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03/08/2010 14:41:00

So much for all the BS about not doing any more deals where PFC get the RSJ.
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03/08/2010 19:24:00

The only sense I can make of it is in line with what pros7 has said. It also doesn't make sense for us to have negotiated paying some of his wages, unless of course if nobody else wants him and it's the only way to reduce his wages.
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03/08/2010 19:33:00

If he signs any permanent deal, then that's it - he's exercised his leaving clause - end of. This way, WHU can throw him back if he's not fit/too crap, and we have to pick up the tab still for the rest of his contract (3 years left at the moment). He isn't going to give up a guaranteed 38k p/w easily is he? Neither do WHU want a similar amount on their books unless they're sure he's up to it... Makes complete sense. Hopefully we aren't paying a portion, but be damned sure there's no loan fee either!
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