38k a week! Tal’s contract to be renewed!?
Avram Grant has revealed that West Ham are in talks to extend Tal Ben Haim’s loan deal until May.
The Hammers boss does not expect the Israeli defender to be returning to Portsmouth when his loan deal expires on Saturday.
Grant said: “We very much want Tal to stay. We have a problem over his contract with Portsmouth but he is good for us, and if they agree, we want to loan him until the end of the season.”
Pompey boss Steve Cotterill wants Ben Haim back at Fratton Park but with wages of £38,000 a week, which would make the Israeli the highest paid player in the Championship, the cash-strapped south coast outfit’s owners are expected to let him stay at Upton Park. Ben Haim had been set to sign a three-year deal with West Ham in the summer but due to doubts about a lingering groin injury, the Hammers took him on a six-month loan instead. After barely being used in the opening months of the season, Ben Haim has been an ever present in the Hammers’ line-up during December. Ben Haim, 28, who came to England in 2003 when he joined Bolton from Maccabi Tel Aviv, had previously played under Grant at Portsmouth and Chelsea, where he was transfer listed for criticising his Israeli boss. But Grant insists that their past differences are behind them, saying “relations between us are now fine.”