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 doesnâ€™t seem to be interested in the 6â€™1â€ 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 Newcastleâ€™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.â€ “There’s no indication that they will let him go.â€
“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 Â£2M for the player they just got on a free transfer in the summer. But maybe that’s just paper talk, because weâ€™d have thought Sam has at least talked to Grant about one of his favorite players. Chelsea have just brought in Â£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.