Greedy Ben talking himself out of a transfer to West Ham
Portsmouth administrator Andrew Andronikou is seeking a way to remove Tal Ben-Haim’s salary from the club’s wage bill.
It is reported that the defender declined the chance to activate a release clause in his contract, with reported talks between Ben-Haim and West Ham United breaking down due to the Israeli defender’s £38,000-a-week wage demands.
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,
“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.
The Portsmouth administrator confirmed the interest from West Ham and an unnamed Greek team, but cited the fact that the wage demands of the defender were pricing clubs out of any protracted deal.
“West Ham are interested and there is a Greek team. We are hoping to meet both to try to get things going,” he added.
“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.”