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Ben Haim departure confirmed


Tal Ben Haim has joined Portsmouth on a free transfer.

The experienced 27-year-old Israeli international defender who made his name in this country at Bolton Wanderers, managed just nine starts for City following his switch from Chelsea last year. He spent the end of last season on loan at Sunderland.

Confirmation of the mornings rumours and brings an end to a fairly miserable time at the club for Ben Haim. At the time of his signing he did look to be a useful addition to the squad that was being assembled.

It became clear though that despite arriving on Hughes' watch, the deal was being put in place prior to his arrival and Ben Haim quickly fell foul of Hughes and was identified as one of the trio of rebels to go behind Hughes' back.

Since leaving Bolton his career really has been on the slide and has now been jettisoned by both ourselves and Chelsea, yet he could be a useful pick up for Portsmouth though as they to try to get their season back on track after the off-field upheaval and loss of key players.