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Tal Ben-Haim is set to renew his partnership with Avraham Grant after agreeing
to join West Ham United from Portsmouth.
The 28-year-old Israeli defender
played for Grant at Pompey last season and was also guided by the former
national team boss at Chelsea in the 2007/08 campaign.
Portsmouth, which was relegated from the Premier League last season, has
looking to off-load Ben- Haim since the start of the transfer window,
departure is now imminent after agreeing to take a pay-cut to move to
End of London.
Ben-Haim will be joining his sixth English Premier League
After three successful seasons at Bolton, Ben-Haim made a total of
27 league appearances in the next two campaigns, struggling to hold down
regular place at Chelsea, Man City and on-loan at Sunderland.
last season at Portsmouth, Ben-Haim was back playing every week,
appearing in 22
The expected addition of Ben-Haim will cap a busy weekend
for Grant, who signed forwards Frederic Piquionne and Pablo Barrera on
The 23-year-old Barrera joined from Mexican club Pumas on a
four-year deal for four million pounds ($6 million) and West Ham has the
to sign the winger for a further year.
Piquionne, 31, joined on a
three-year deal from Lyon after spending last season on loan at
Grant, who left Fratton Park to take over at West Ham last month.
details weren’t disclosed.
Barrera and Piquionne joined a day after the
London club completed the signing of Thomas Hitzlsperger when the
midfielder was granted a British work permit.
West Ham, which finished
one place above the relegation zone last season, begins the new Premier
season against Aston Villa on August 14.AP contributed to this report