Grant To Sell Ben Haim to Newcastle in January

Chelsea boss Avram Grant is reported to be ready to sell defender Tal Ben Haim in January.

Chelsea of course picked up Tal Ben Haim on a free transfer from Bolton in the summer, when Sam Allardyce was trying his hardest to get the player he signed from Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2004, to join him at Newcastle.


Tal Ben Haim – is defender on his way to Newcastle in January?

Both Ben Haim and Avram Grant are Israeli and the Mirror says Ben Haim is a Jose Mourinho fan who has failed to hit it off with Grant, who could sell him to Newcastle. We find that interesting but would be surprised if they don’t get on. However, it remains to be seen if Ben Haim gets many games for Chelsea under new manager Grant. Yesterday he was an unused substitute in Chelsea’s 2-0 win at Wigan.

If Ben Haim does not play many games for Chelsea before January, he may well want to try his chances at Newcastle and certainly Sam would be able to pick him up for a fairly small fee. The big advantage Ben Haim can give Newcastle is that he’s played in the Premiership many times at Bolton for the now Newcastle Manager Sam Allardyce. That’s the problem Sam is having with a lot of his defensive recruits from Europe, they haven’t played in the Premiership before, and it’s taking them time to adjust.

Given Sam is still having problems with Newcastle’s defense, we think Ben Haim would jump at the chance of joining the Tyneside club, now that Mourinho has left Chelsea. The key will be how many first team games he gets between now and January, but don’t be surprised if Sam makes a call on Avram Grant.

What do you think? Would Ben Haim be a good acquisition for Newcastle in January? Let us know – comments always welcome.

42 comments so far

  • Cockney Magpie

    Nov 5, 2007 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #1

    i would love to have Ben Haim at Newcastle he was superb at Bolton and Sam obviously knows how to get the best out of him and he is pretty young aswel! where has this story been reported ED?

  • ToonKing

    Nov 5, 2007 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #2

    He would be a very good signing indeed, power and experience.

  • Ed Harrison

    Nov 5, 2007 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #3

    The Mirror unfortunately – but it seems to make some sense. Right now I’d be surprised if Sam doesn’t at least call Grant to see what the situation is. Grant has his own ideas and maybe they don’t include Ben Haim. We need proven Premiership players at the back right now and he would be very good for us in early January.

  • Cockney Magpie

    Nov 5, 2007 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #4

    i was actualy thinking aboout that last week that he probably wont get many games at chelsea and we certainly could do with him and him and Sam were very close, it seem like the obvious thing to happen really.

  • malaysian youngster

    Nov 5, 2007 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #5

    he is a traitor i mean forget who is his saviour. prefer money more than a person who help him build his career.

  • wsq

    Nov 5, 2007 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #6

    haha another over rated defender!

  • adam

    Nov 5, 2007 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #7

    i hope he comes because i think it seems like 20 defenders to have some sort of competition for places at the back. i dont blame haim for going to chelsea because no one in thier rite mind would turn down that kind of money if they are prepared to pay it becoz these players dont get that kind of opportunity everyday. i also hope we go for a few other more creative players and a bit of pace.

  • Gavin

    Nov 5, 2007 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #8

    Didn’t Sam say something along the lines of “I will never forgive him” after he chose chelski over newcastle?

  • apan

    Nov 5, 2007 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #9

    bolton defender for us! faye & ben haim haha but i think that is still a good combination from what we have now

  • michael

    Nov 5, 2007 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #10

    I’d rather have Edmilson though. Also Ben Haim has looked a bit of a Michael Ricketts for Chelsea this season.

  • lee

    Nov 5, 2007 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #11

    Ben Haim is a perfect for us bcoz he knows how to play under BS system plus he is a proven premiership defender. He should partner Rozenhal.

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 5, 2007 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #12

    He can play RB aswell.

  • paul the pom

    Nov 5, 2007 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #13

    we need to go out and spend as much money on a world class centre half as we would a striker.hopefully who can speak english.cacapa cantspeak a can he communicate with the others.

  • iain

    Nov 5, 2007 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #14

    there are tons of players at other clubs these days that would imrpove us imo that shouldnt be too hard to get and they have pl experience and are under 30.

    the likes of ben-haim/sidwell/diouf/gudjohnsen/anelka/benayoun/jaaskeleinen are players we should try for imo.

    also wonder if sam will watch the ACN and watch the ghanian lad he was linked with when he first came here- derek boateng, as a strong pacy dfm would imrove us, the great thing about ghanians is they mostly speak english as a first language.

  • Kash

    Nov 5, 2007 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #15

    We already have enough CB’s on our books. Why bring in another, who probably is no better than what we already have? Ben Haim is NOT THAT GOOD, if he was, he’d have been in the team while John Terry was injured, but Alex is preferred and Alex is not that good! However, should certain rumours of Cacapa going to Besiktas be true, then why not!

  • Gavin

    Nov 5, 2007 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #16

    Why would Cacapa join Besiktas when he turned them down in favour of joining Newcastle in the first place?

  • Penang TOON

    Nov 5, 2007 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #17

    malaysian toon–
    i think he made a good decision, if he chose to play for us, he is preferring money than his passion to football. im sure the wage we offered is not less than chelsea.
    with chelsea , he has chance to play Champion League,
    Chelsea just has 3 defenders(alex, terry , alex and cavallho) except him .
    further more they has so much games to play surely he can play regularly

    btw,i do want him to come=)

  • Jóhann

    Nov 5, 2007 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #18

    Ben Haim is probably one of the most overrated players in this division. He seemed good at Bolton I admit. But when he got injured and Feye and Meite made the partnership at defense Bolton got on a winning streak. Then when Haim came back it turned to winless streak if I remember correctly. And then when I have seen him play at Chelsea he´s been crap. No other word to put it. He has sucked so badly and been at fault numerous times so No I don´t want him thank you very much. We don´t even need him as a backup.

  • indian toon

    Nov 5, 2007 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #19

    k.. lets pile up all the defender’s as wee need them in jan …

  • George

    Nov 5, 2007 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #20

    Ed i would never have Tal Ben Hiem at Nufc. Reasons
    1, He was going to come to the toon and changed his mind.
    2, Chelsea offered more money so he chose them
    3, No loyalty to his old manager Sam Allerdyce?
    4, Surplus to requirments we want him again.

    If we were not good enough for him first time round, we are not good enough now. If SA buys him he is sending the wrong signals out. We are not that desperate. But if he was that good why are chelsea letting him go.

  • George

    Nov 5, 2007 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #21

    Ed if we were not good enough first time we went for him, we are not good enough now. I do not want him here. He chose Chelsea because he was offerd more money first and the chance to win something second.
    We do not need any more foreigners in the side, we need british born and bred. Not only for enthusiasim and reliability, but it also fairs better for international games, unlike with africans and south americans.

  • Savic Vladimir

    Nov 5, 2007 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #22

    Tal Ben Haim is too slow!!!

  • Bill F

    Nov 5, 2007 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #23

    If Sam wants to spend big then go for Heitinga, he is an awesome one man defence unit by himself. Be well worth slapping a 20m bid in now.

  • Obafan

    Nov 5, 2007 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #24

    He is a money wolf (I don’t know if this is correct English, but in Belgium we call people who only makes choices for the money a “geldwolf” and I translated it word by word 😉 ).
    He also is overrated, so let him warm up the bench at Chelsea, so he is doing something good, because on the pitch lots of the things he does aren’t that good, on the contrary.

    Kash – Where did you hear the rumour of Cacapa going to Besiktas?

  • Bill F

    Nov 5, 2007 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #25

    Geld wolf eh. Very apt, I have been saying that about most of the foreign imports for a long time. It’s as much the fault of the agents as the players, I’m afraid it’s the nature of the modern game. Like it or not.

  • Leo

    Nov 5, 2007 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #26

    is heitinga fast????

    the main thing we are missing is masses of pace

    i personally think we need a left back right back center midfielder and a right winger

    anelka and diouf would also be great to sign.

    we need pace

    anyone know of any players that are good enough?

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 5, 2007 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #27

    Ye Heitinga is immensly fast for a CB thats why he play RB for holland and sometimes even DM. 20 mil your having a laugh, Heitinga was one of the worlds premier talents look at him now. Fiorentina were going to bid and ajax were looknig for around 8 mil.

    Also just to clear up the article Kash is on about is that Capaca turned down Besikitas for us.

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 5, 2007 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #28

    Left back should be Razvan Rat
    Right Winger should be Darijo Srna
    Rgith Back no clues, a young talented one
    Centre should be someone like or Ever Banega but he is a bit of a diver, much like fabregas an immense passer.

  • Josh

    Nov 5, 2007 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #29

    Big sams tactics are a shambles, smack the ball up the pitch to martins n owen….both about 5 foot 9, then get it back, give it to enrique n smack it right up there again, whats the point of having a good midfield if you are just going to miss them out, im sick of it

  • Obafan

    Nov 5, 2007 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #30

    Josh – spot on m8. Enrique always uses the long ball. Our midfield needs to get the ball and open up the play. For our attackers it is very difficult to get a ball in their feet, because we just don’t play football. We kick the ball far away and then we run after the ball without any tactical meaning. This has to happen really fast…

  • iain

    Nov 5, 2007 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #31

    having watched enrique play for villareal its hard to believe hes playing long balls as much as he is.

    seems like that could be more of a tactic by sam beye hits a fair few as well, but enriques get noticed becuase they actually find someone.

  • Bill f

    Nov 5, 2007 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #32

    Yeah I suppose that is a bit over the top, but still reckon he’d be worth whatever we could get him for. Correct me if i’m wrong but he is still a youngster and bl**dy quick. He plays right along the back and just what we need to cover up the perrenial defensive blunders.

  • Bill f

    Nov 5, 2007 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #33

    I’m talking about Heitinga still.

  • Keep Oba

    Nov 5, 2007 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #34

    Slow and getting slower.

  • SW

    Nov 5, 2007 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #35

    Why do we always end up with ex-Chelski players?

    Its some sort of sick joke. Maybe they get used to high wages for doing f*ck all.

  • ToonKing

    Nov 5, 2007 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #36

    Tom_Tom , for a zillionth time i agree that Srna would be a great signing.

    Razvan Rat on the other hand is nowhere near EPL quality. Are u ukrainian by any chance or a Shakhtar fan ?? 🙂

    A good young right back would be that Gonzalo Castro guy from Leverkusen.

  • Jam

    Nov 6, 2007 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #37

    not very happy about the players motivation originally being due to the money at chelsea…cant have been about much else. Do we not want players who have an out and out desire to be playing for us and not have to be worrying about him wanting to leave as soon as the next chelsea is interested???

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 6, 2007 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #38

    Gonzalo Castro, lol saying Rat is not epl quality Castro is so bloody weak and also is too attacking for my liking anyway get both if we need to, Castro is a RB and Rat is a LB.

  • Cockney Magpie

    Nov 6, 2007 at 2:05 AM

    Comment #39

    lets be honest aboout this tho, chosing chelsea over us is not the biggest surprise really is it? Maybe the guy just wanted to win some silverwear in his career? and has now seen that he isn’t going to get into the starting line up and has decided that he would rather be playing regualry for us even though the chances of silverwear are smaller than winning medals sitting on the bench, people forget this is a footballers career and his life, if u was at work and a different company offered u alot more money to work for them i think everybody would go for, we cannot blame footballers for looking after number 1

  • Brisbane Mag

    Nov 6, 2007 at 3:47 AM

    Comment #40

    He’ll be a good addition to the squad, should he or his manager want him to leave Chelsea…..


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