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 donâ€™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 heâ€™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 Newcastleâ€™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 donâ€™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.