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Manchester City manager Kevin Keegan has decided not to prevent the team's Israeli international midfielder, Eyal Berkovic, from leaving the club, and is willing to let the 31-year-old player join newly promoted Portsmouth for the bargain price of 1 million pounds.

The Scottish newspaper The Daily Record reported Thursday that "Keegan is fed up with the Israeli international's complaints and needs cash for new players." According to the paper, this is the reason that City has refused to extend Berkovic's contract, which is due to end in 2005.

The paper also reported that there is a large gap between the wages Berkovic is demanding from Portsmouth, and the amount the club is willing to pay. Berkovic is reportedly asking for 1.7 million pounds per season, around 700,000 pounds more than the south coast club is willing to fork out.

Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp is still waiting for permission to sign Berkovic, and needs chairman Milan Mandaric to release the funds.