Ben-Haim back at Pompey

Pompey defender not looking to stay long

Ben-Haim: Back at Pompey

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Portsmouth defender Tal Ben-Haim is unlikely to appear for the club again despite returning to training with the squad.

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The Israel defender had spent the first half of the season on loan at West Ham as Pompey tried to clear their expensive wage bill due to their financial problems, with his £30,000 a week salary not being paid by his parent club.

However the former Chelsea stopper has rejoined Steve Cotterill's side on the South Coast, although his reunion with his team-mates is unlikely to be a long-term one.

The player is currently locked in a legal dispute with the Hammers after believing he had done enough to earn a permanent deal with the club due to meeting agreements in his contract.

Whilst the issue is ongoing, Ben-Haim has had no choice but to go back to Fratton Park, but his agent Pini Zahavi made it clear that his client wanted things resolved with West Ham so that he could go back to Upton Park.

"He is in Portsmouth at the moment and it is impossible to say what will happen," Zahavi told the Portsmouth News.

"He won't play for them again, though, and we will know quite soon what is going to happen with West Ham."