Newcastle Must Make Ben Haim an Improved Offer – Quickly

Surprising news today that Newcastle have indeed made Bolton’s Ben Haim an offer – but it is thought to be less than what Chelsea have made. What’s going on here?
We need to get Ben Haim to Newcastle quickly – and in the past wages never stood in our way!


Tal Ben Haim

Alan Oliver is reporting that he believes our offer is less than what Chelsea have made.
The Pensioners offer is quoted at £60K/week. Bolton have also made Ben Taim an offer but they cannot come anywhere close to that.

If that’s true we better improve our offer quickly – it will not go down well with Newcastle fans if we miss out on a player of Ben Haim’s abilities (and a free transfer at that) – because we couldn’t or wouldn’t match or outbid Chelsea’s offer.

Ben Haim would not get much playing time at Chelsea – and he knows it – so let’s get this deal done – Ben Haim would be great at Newcastle. The feedback we have had on him has been extremely positive on this site.

This is what Sam Allardyce told Alan Oliver today in the Evening Chronicle:

”We are happy that we have got Mark Viduka in the bag and Joey Barton almost tied up.
“Now the next venture is to create a defensive strategy by bringing in some quality defenders to blend with the attacking flair we already have.
“We want top defenders to help us acquire the right amount of clean sheets and obviously hope the scorers will do the business which will help us win football matches and put three points on the board on a regular basis.”

The Israeli International gets married on Saturday and would obviously want his future sorted out before then.

Let’s give him a nice wedding present – a new contract at Newcastle – and then everybody will be happy – except of course Chelsea.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • Big Julio

    Jun 11, 2007 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #1

    The only problem I have with this article is that it comes from a somewhat disreputable source:) I think we’ve seen that players will go to Chelsea just on the off chance of getting a game and happily tough it out on a mere 90k/week until they are sold on after a season.

  • John75

    Jun 11, 2007 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #2

    We’ve paid over the odds on wages many times in the past to attract players to the club and to stop them joining London clubs. Why change those habits now, especially on a quality player who will not cost anything in transfer fees.

  • darren

    Jun 11, 2007 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #3

    if he wants 60k/ a week he should go to chelsea why should we give him ridiculous amounts and be held to ransom by an ok player, from what i’ve seen of him he isn’t world class and 60k seems well over what it should be. He’s good on his day but for 60k i would want someone more consistent, although i hope he proves me wrong if he comes

  • Ross G

    Jun 11, 2007 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #4

    never mind ben haim, Tuncay is available for free nd middlesborough and birmingham are fighing for him. He is anabsolute class act why havent we gone for him he can play LW or ST and with Duff out til november and our change to a 433 would be perfect fot him on the left. He is 25 and if any of you remember his was the best player on the pitch against Newcastle when we beat Fener 1-0. He also more famously scored a hat-trick against Man U the season before last when they were in the CL. Cant believe he is free arhhhhhhhhhhhh, get him now now now.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 11, 2007 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #5

    darren – interesting comment. Certainly we didn’t pay over the odds for Joey Barton – maybe this is a test to see if he really wants to come to Newcastle. Think he will be a good player for Newcastle – solid defender.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 11, 2007 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #6

    Ross G – Emre has spoken to big Sam about Tuncay – he’s certainly great player – played for Fenerbahce 207 times since 2002 and scored 77 goals – played for Turkey 38 times and scored 12 goals. He’s also available at a good price. This piece is in the Journal today …
    “United midfielder Emre has confirmed that Allardyce has asked him about his Turkish international colleague Tunçay Sanli. The 25-year-old left-sided forward, who played against Newcastle in the Uefa Cup last season, is available on a free transfer from Fenerbahçe”

  • doug

    Jun 11, 2007 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #7

    Trouble is we offer Ben Haim 60K but Barton gets less and turned down more elswhere. He’ll not be happy if BH get the full whack.

  • Greg B

    Jun 11, 2007 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #8

    Ben Haim isnt a 60k a week defender in my book, just shows how wages have gone out of control in todays market.
    In my opinion, if Owen leaves then we could offer to split his weekly wage between Ben Haim and Tuncay 🙂 55 garnd a week each…… everyones a winner, Michael gets to play in Europe, we get a decent defender with Premiership experience and a quality attacker for nowt!!

  • Greg B

    Jun 11, 2007 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #9

    Oh… and 9 million in the coffers 😉

  • LewDavies

    Jun 11, 2007 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #10

    If BH is playing one team against another to see who will pay the most, then I for one dont want him. I want a player who is motivated by more than money. Credit to Barton for this at least. I want players here who want to play for NUFC first and foremost and dont mind coming out and saying so.
    (Owen makes my bile rise)

  • Greg B

    Jun 11, 2007 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #11

    Dont forget the reported reason why Barton isnt signed and sealed Lew, holding out for a 300 grand ‘loyalty’ bonus, now if that isnt motivated by money I dont know what is!
    Fair enough he feels he is owed this money but if he was fully commited on his move to Newcastle he would have signed by now wouldnt he?

  • LewDavies

    Jun 11, 2007 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #12

    Yes Greg have to agree, 300k is nowt really, compared to the millions he will make over 5 years. Cant understand whats goin on here. Expect he is just pushing his luck with citeh. Confident all will be sorted out on his return from holiday.

  • És

    Jun 11, 2007 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #13

    I don’t know much about BH, but i think that 60K a week is ridicules a lot of money for a player that has never played for a European team in and out every year(Maccabi Tel Aviv is not a European team!!! ) , If he want to be a part of the team, and play every week he should come to us, but we should not give him more than 40K/week. If he want to play just when terry or Carvalho are injured, and get 60K to be a backup, then he should go to chelsea
    If we see top teams out of UK, than we see that it is not many teams in Europe who pay 60K a week.
    Robinjo, Romos, and helguera have not 60K a week. why should we then pay BH 60k?

    The wages are ridicules in PL!!! West ham will be the new Leeds if they try to offer players 80K a week, that don’t deserve more than 40-50k each week.

  • Craig

    Jun 11, 2007 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #14

    Ben Haim will no longer be a popular figure among the fans anymore if he attempts to hold the club ransom for high wages. 60k a week is ridiculous, he is no where near worth that match, I’d rather bring in somebody fully commited to the club rather than paying over the odds in wages. If he goes to Chelsea, he’ll just rot in the reserves, a step backwards for him. Make youe mind up now, pal.


    Jul 15, 2007 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #15

    60k a week for him. hes having a laugh isnt he. me personally i think hes worth a wage of around half of that.
    And thats if his head shrinks and he stops thinking hes in a position to click his fingers and have every club come running.


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