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Spurs, Pompey busy at transfer deadline

THE English Premier League's bottom club Portsmouth signed Israeli defender Tal Ben-Haim from Manchester City and French midfielder Hassan Yebda from Benfica yesterday as the transfer window drew to a close.

Midfielder Niko Kranjcar seemed to be heading out of Fratton Park for Tottenham Hotspur, although England goalkeeper David James, also linked with a move to Spurs, appeared to be staying put.

Portsmouth's new owner Sulaiman al-Fahim, who took control last Thursday, and manager Paul Hart have wasted little time in trying to bolster their squad, with Ben-Haim and Yebda joining a quartet of players who signed last Friday.

Pompey, without a point in four Premier League games, signed Kevin-Prince Boateng from Spurs, Michael Brown from Wigan Athletic, Aruna Dindane from Racing Lens and Jamie O'Hara on loan from Spurs. Sky Sports News also reported that they had agreed terms with Aston Villa to sign defender Nicky Shorey on a season-long loan.

Tottenham appeared close to signing Croatian Kranjcar from Pompey as an immediate replacement for his compatriot Luka Modric who broke a bone in his fibula playing against Birmingham City on Saturday and is likely to be sidelined for at least six weeks.

Spurs sources said Kranjcar, 24, has passed a medical at the club, currently second in the Premier League after winning its opening four matches of the season.

Villa has agreed a fee with West Ham to buy Welsh defender James Collins while another Welsh defender Collins, Danny, moved from Sunderland to Stoke City.


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