On this day: PortsmouthÂ boss keen to welcome back controversial defender from West Ham
On this day in 2010,Â Steve Cotterill admitted he wasÂ unsure whether Tal Ben-Haim wouldÂ return to Pompey.
But the Blues boss was keen to welcome back the defender, whoÂ was onÂ loan at West Ham at the time.
Ben-Haim made the Upton Park switch in August 2010, with Pompey desperate to reduce their Premier League-sized wage bill.
Since thenÂ he hadÂ featured in nine matches for Avram Grant's side, although only five have come in the Premier League.
West Ham hadÂ still to make a decision on whether to extend the former Bolton man's loan stay or take up the option of making the move permanent.
For the Blues, his reported wages of Â£36,000-a-week represented a massive stumbling block should he return.
Regardless, he wasÂ a player Cotterill would like to see back as he strivedÂ to bolster his paper-thin squad.
Speaking to The News, he said: '˜I don't know the answer to whether Tal is coming back or not.
'˜Him coming back over the hill is something I have looked at, but whether that is going to happen or not, I don't know.
'˜I would imagine it will maybe come out this week.
'˜For sure, I would want him here. Anyone would be a good addition to our squad at this moment in time.
'˜When Tal was here before I liked him. I got on well with him, I think he was a nice guy.
'˜I didn't getÂ a chance to have a look at him too much as a footballer but he was a nice guy and I liked him.
'˜One of my last conversations with him was when he was going to play at Havant and then I had a phone call to say he couldn't (because he was off to West Ham).
'˜It was 1.30 to 1.45pm, just after he had finished warming up.
'˜Hopefully, those sort of days are behind us. But I don't know the real answers to whether Tal will stay there or come back.'