Allardyce Not Interested In Ben Haim

We had thought that Sam Allardyce would want to bring Israeli Ben Haim into the club in January, but he said yesterday he didn’t think Chelsea would release the player, and he’s not on Newcastle’s radar screen right now.


Ben Haim – Sam not interested in Israeli International?

But according to Sam, he doesn’t seem to be interested in the 6’1” utility defender, at least not for a January acquisition.

Sam is still saying he is very interested in bringing Wes Brown to the club, and we understand negotiations are still ongoing with Manchester United by Chairman Chris Mort, after Newcastle’s initial offer was turned down by Alex Ferguson. But Sam put a damper on any talk that he also wants Ben Haim in January.

Sam told the official Newcastle United Web Site yesterday, when asked whether he was interested in Ben Haim:

“I don’t think so.” “There’s no indication that they will let him go.”

“He’s been playing in their first-team on a regular basis and I don’t think that he’s on the radar at the moment.”

The papers have been full of talk about Chelsea Manager Avram Grant wanting £2M for the player they just got on a free transfer in the summer. But maybe that’s just paper talk, because we’d have thought Sam has at least talked to Grant about one of his favorite players. Chelsea have just brought in £8M Branislav Ivanovic from Lokomotiv Moscow, as defensive reinforcement for injured captain John Terry. That will only push Ben Haim further down the pecking order at Chelsea.

We think Wes Brown is the better player of the two, but would have thought both acquisitions would help Newcastle in defense. Both Brown and Ben Haim have massive experience in the Premier League, and both can play anywhere across the back four. That seems to be the type of defenders we need in January.

Certainly from comments on this site, it appears that Wes Brown is the preferred defender most fans would like to see brought into the club, in January. We think Wes would be a great buy for the club.

What do you think?

If we can get Wes Brown in January, is that enough defensive reinforcements for January?

Let us know – comments very welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Jan 6, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #1

    Wes Brown is an accomplished Premiership player who would be an asset in almost any of the other 19 clubs, including ours. I would like to see him here, way ahead of Ben Haim.

    A CF would be a great addition as Duke is now getting on a bit and doesnt have the pace. Ashton or Crouch would be good!!!!

    How about getting Baptista in – he wants to come back to the Prem and can play forward as well as Attacking MF. Or Berbatov if he is still keen on escaping from the Spuds.

  • Sturla

    Jan 6, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #2

    I would be satisfied with that one defensive signing although we do need another left back since, but N’Zogbia and Enrique will do until the summer. Hopefully Enrique will get more pitch time as the season progresses. I’m still hoping Sam is just easing him in instead of Enrique being a shit player.

  • Mehzeb

    Jan 6, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #3

    Wes Brown may not (probably, will not be allowed to) leave in January. So, we’ll need to find other reinforcements.

    A right-back, experienced centre-half, right-winger, and creative midfielder. A striker would be a blessing too.

    My suggestions:

    Right-Back: Pascal Chimbonda
    Centre-Half: Alberto Rodriguez
    Right-Winger: Giles Barnes
    Creative Midfielder: Andriy Arshavin
    Striker: Dean Ashton, or, Peter Crouch

    We’ve been linked with all of the above, and we should get to signing them.

  • Leo

    Jan 6, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #4

    its not sams style. if we can get him on a free at the end of the season that will be when we get him

    good player non the less

  • Alan Clark

    Jan 6, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #5

    Brown has turned down £50k pw at ManU, and will be looking for more than that at NUFC.

    He is a decent defender, but given his past injury record, I feel he would represent another massive gamble for the Toon. Imo, we have to stop buying other club’s ‘crocks’.


    Jan 6, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #6

    I believe our main priority is an attacking midfielder with pace (Andriy Arshavin) so in these frugal times perhaps Ben Haim would be the one to go after as Brown will cost more.
    If we have less than £10 million to spend this window then signing Ben Haim and Arshavin would be my choices.
    Of course id lke Brown here aswell if we can afford him.

  • Steeley

    Jan 6, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #7

    Dont be fooled into thinking that Brown will stay at Man Utd – he’s turned them down point blank now and blatantly wants to leave. All this talk of Fergie not wanting to part with him etc etc is all to try the price up of a player who he knows he’ll lose for nowt in the summer.

    He will leave for another club this transfer window – it just remains to be seen which one! I think Smith and Butt will have put enough feelers out to secure him for NUFC, but with the Great Unwashed also bidding (with Keane as their main contact) it could be a pretty even offer. It’s all down to the wages I think (it’ll all be in the hands of the agent and Mort now), so dont rush out and say “well I dont want him if he’s just looking for the highest bidder”….that’ll b the agent pushing for that.

    Brown would be a great buy for us, and hopefully Mort can pull it off.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 6, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #8

    thank god! Good for bolton, probably the worst defender ive ever seen for chelsea.

    Brown is allright

    Personally only foreign defenders are a gamble imo.

    I think we need:
    Utility Defender – Wes Brown
    Right Winger – Banel Nicolita
    Creativity – Arshavin

  • obafemimartins

    Jan 6, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #9

    spurs want to sign a new right back because they bid for hutton and he rejected them. if they get a new RB we could get chimbonda. i want someone to take owen from us. he has played more games for england than us in the time he has been here and hardly ever scores goals for newcastle

  • arctoa

    Jan 6, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #10

    Leave Ben Haim where he is: he had the chance to come here but ran to the bright lights of London. Let him rot there, he’s shown that he doesn’t have the right sort of attitude to hack it up here. We need players with some character and back-bone right now, perhaps more than ever with the way that the fans are acting at present.

  • scott9

    Jan 6, 2008 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #11

    brown is enough as he can play right back and centre half he can cover for beye will at nations
    i would also buy

  • StevieA

    Jan 6, 2008 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #12

    I agree Steely. Brown will sign in the next week or 2 in my opinion. Yes they have offered him a decent contract but it’s a drop in the ocean when compared to Ferdinand’s. I suppose Wes will look at it like they don’t trust his ability or don’t value him enough.

    Plus Smith and Butt and probably Owen would have been on the mobile by now don’t you worry.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 6, 2008 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #13

    Steeley – StevieA – agree – think Brown wants to leave and we have to be in with a good chance surely. Apparently Chris Mort is still talking to Manchester United about Wes Brown,


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