By Martin Morris
UAE-owned club sees three players in, one out, in final day transfer dealings.
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.For all the latest sports news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
I'm afraid it's going to be too little to late for Pompey this year. We have a motley bunch of players pulled together in the nick of time before the transfer window closed. But am not sure there's enough quality to move us up the table. I'm scared we're going to be last al season!
Just because Pompey were busy bringing in new players does'nt mean the club have money...the only reason we have a completely new team is because the club and Mr Fahim have no money so had to sell all our previous star players....Mr Fahim...unless you show the world you have money and start spending on some quality players you will have invested in a team that is bound for relegation!!!
You can dress up how active we have been but the fact remains we have taken massive gambles on free's and loans, I fear the next few months maybe too painful to watch. Portsmouth is one of the poorest areas in the country, the team is one of the most costly to watch, with diabolical facilities and our team is full of banal defensive midfielders. So tell us is the Dr. going to actually bother to hold a press conference and outline his vision? Or is he scared of the difficult questions he may need to answer.