Date: 18th January 2011 at 8:28pm
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How long can talks take about a player leaving one club for another?

Especially if that player has spent the last 5-months or so on loan with this club already!

West Ham are ‘continuing talks with Portsmouth’ over Tal Ben Haim and a deal to take him back to West Ham again.

The whole situation is a farce really, and was always going to be so due to the fact that Storrieteller inserted a ‘relegation release clause’ that allowed him to leave on a free if we got relegated – the problem is this clause can ONLY be activated by him!

As it stands I would suspect that West Ham only want to take him back on loan again, whereas I would be pretty sure that the club, even if Steve Cotterill does not, want to offload him permanently.

Whatever is happening surely this should be fairly easy to sort out?

Worse case scenario, and I doubt we benefit as a result, do we not just agree a deal similar to the last loan he had at Upton Park?

All the time this drags on though we continue to pay his hefty wages, then again I suspect we are anyway, or at least a large chunk of them…

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