By Simon Griver, July 24, 2008
Tal Ben Haim's move from Chelsea to Manchester City is being held up by protracted contract negotiations. He stayed behind as Chelsea left on their Far East tour.
Ben Haim's agent, Pini Zahavi, wants a five-year contract worth £65,000-a-week, matching the player's wages at Stamford Bridge. The Eastlands' outfit have tabled a four-year deal believed to offer £5,000-a-week less.
Portsmouth and Spurs are waiting in the wings if the proposed deal collapses but new City boss Mark Hughes will be reluctant to give up on the 26-year-old as he seeks to strengthen his defence.