Portsmouth active as Premiership transfer window closes

UAE-owned club sees three players in, one out, in final day transfer dealings.
Portsmouth active as Premiership transfer window closes
By Martin Morris
Wed 02 Sep 2009 01:04 AM

UAE-owned Premiership club Portsmouth was among the biggest wheeler-dealers as the UK's transfer window finally closed on Tuesday at 5PM local time.Brought in were Israeli international defender Tal Ben-Heim from Manchester City, French midfielder Hassan Yebda from Benfica and defender Mike Williamson from Watford - the latter for a reported £3 million fee.

Ben Haim has signed a four-year deal, while Hassan Yebda is on a season-long loan.

"I'm very happy to be here at Pompey," Ben Haim told the club's website. "It's a big challenge because after four games we have no points but I'm ready for the challenge."

He added that he is confident Pompey can reverse its current form that sees it propping up the Premiership. "We've brought a few players in now and I believe that we can turn things around," he said.

Croatian international midfielder Niko Kranjcar meanwhile was offloaded to Spurs in a deal worth about £2 million - the fourth Portsmouth player to join ex-Pompey boss, Harry Redknapp, at White Hart Lane this year.

Rumours that England goalkeeper David James was also going to Spurs proved wide of the mark, with the North London club making no formal offer.

At Manchester City a proposed deal that would have seen Spurs winger David Bentley going to Eastlands in exchange for winger Martin Petrov + cash, collapsed after City manager Mark Hughes reportedly refused to re-sign Bentley, whom he managed at Blackburn Rovers.

Spurs chairman, Daniel Levy in turn is said to have vetoed Petrov’s move to White hart Lane on the grounds that at age 30, he was too pricey.

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