Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce has had his request to take defender Tal Ben Haim on loan for the rest of the season rejected by Chelsea, but he’s still available for a Â£2M transfer fee.
Tal Ben Haim – 39 times capped Israeli available for Â£2M
Instead, Allardyce has been told the 6’1″ Israeli can leave Stamford Bridge for a Â£2M fee. Chelsea got Ben Haim from Bolton for free during the summer, as Big Sam tried to persuade the Israeli international to move with him to Tyneside. A Â£2M profit on a player whoâ€™s been at the club less than 6 months is a lot of money.
Allardyce has been given some transfer funds to spend in the January transfer window, but Â£2M is an inflated price for a defender who is only a squad player at Stamford Bridge. But it looks like Chelsea are willing to let him go in January, since they have recently brought in Branislav Ivanovic from Lokomotiv Moscow.
Ben Haim is an experienced Premiership player who has played for Sam for 3 years at Bolton, and we think, although Â£2M is a bit inflated, it would still be good business for the club, given the circumstances we find ourselves in. We think Tal Ben Haim can help us in defense.
Sam should sign him, quickly, and if we can also get Wes Brown from Manchester United, he would also help us in a big way. Both players can play anywhere across the back-line and have stacks of premier experience. That’s what we need right now and the more clean sheets we can get before the end of the season the better we will do in the league.
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