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Newcastle Try Loan Deal for Ben Haim

Newcastle United scouts will be out in force on Saturday to watch the Israel Russia European qualifying game, on which England’s future participation in the tournament depends.

At least two of the players we will be watching in Tel Aviv are Russian captain Andrei Arshavin and Israel centre-back Tal Ben-Haim, although other players in the game may also be targets.


Ben Haim – can Newcastle do a loan deal in January with Chelsea?

We’ve reported a number of times on Arshavin, who is a versatile attacking midfielder with Zenith St Petersburg, and looks an extremely good and competitive player.

The interest in Ben Haim is not surprising now that Jose Mourinho has famously left the Chelsea club. New Chelsea manager Avram Grant is said to consider the Israeli defender as a squad player rather than as an automatic starter. Ben Haim did come on after 26 minutes in place of the injured Ricardo Carvalho during Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Everton at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Of course Ben Haim turned down a move to Newcastle in the summer, in favor of what seemed a dubious move to Chelsea.

Sam Allardyce thinks very highly of Ben Haim who played for him at Bolton Wanderers and if he feels a little disenchanted at his Chelsea prospects, don’t by surprised if Sam gets Ben Haim to Newcastle in January, even if it’s an initial loan move. The big advantage with Ben Haim is that he’s had plenty of premiership experience which most of the defenders Sam brought in during the summer do not. Players like Beye, Cacapa, Enrique and Rozehnal are still adjusting to the high physical demands of the Premiership.

It’s also not a given that Avram Grant will be willing to lose the Israeli in the middle of this important season for the London club. But certainly we think one of Sam’s targets will be Ben Haim, either in January, or even in the summer if something can be worked out with Chelsea.

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • Kash

    Nov 15, 2007 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #1

    If we sign Ben Haim, then BSA is not happy with 1 of the 4 centre backs we currently have. Or he knows that Edmilson is a non starter! I’ve got a feeling BSA is concerned with Cacapa!

  • greg

    Nov 15, 2007 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #2

    HE’S SHIT!

    Another Bolton crunch and hoof ‘footballer’

    No positional sense, no pace, no distribution – HE’S SHIT!

    We need players who can keep it on the ground, pass and move, can see a pass (from his own or opposition team) and get on with it.

    Why don’t we see frigging Hunt too?

  • Chris M

    Nov 15, 2007 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed – Nee offence big lad, but where on earth did you come up with this story. Are you just filling in 5 minutes before ‘I’m a celebrity’ comes on the box.

    I like him and would loved to have seen him come to the Toon in the Summer. He could do a job if he came…….but he aint gonna come even on a loan move a few months after moving to a top team in europe!

    I cant even say that the evidence you have based this story on is tentative…..it just sounds made up. Please tell me i’m wrong. If i am i will dump in my work mate’s draw and hide her keyboard while she’s out for lunch…..and then feel her up when she comes in…..even thoiugh she’s stinking.

    Then i will appologise to you.

  • Paul

    Nov 15, 2007 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #4

    This story is poop hahaaa.

    Ben Haim is poop hahaaa.

    Kash is wrong hahaaa.

    Its Taylor who is making the most mistakes hahaaa.

  • Soren

    Nov 15, 2007 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #5

    Think he would be a good pickup.
    As long as he speaks english? 🙂

  • Kash

    Nov 15, 2007 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #6

    Paul you’re still a TWAT son!!!!

  • Kash

    Nov 15, 2007 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #7

    Organisation is all we need at the back. Plus we’re not doing a good job at keeping a hold of the ball either. If we have more possession we defend less, simple. Why not attack more, possess the ball more and defend less!

  • doby the mag

    Nov 15, 2007 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #8

    I’m really enjonying the childish banter between kash and paul!!!

  • wsq

    Nov 15, 2007 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #9

    If he’s not good enough for the first team at chelsea at the moment… that speaks volumes.. with so much of their back line injured! Haven’t u seen him play, he’s shite! He was out-played against MLS players. tsktsktsk

  • Bill f

    Nov 15, 2007 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #10

    I might be wrong but isn’t Belletti playing in the same position that Ben Haim should be. Apart from that wonder goal he has looked Shite so where does that leave Ben Haim.

  • joshi

    Nov 15, 2007 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #11

    i want a quality english defender.

  • joshi

    Nov 15, 2007 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #12

    i know none decent enough or affordable.

  • steve

    Nov 15, 2007 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #13

    @bill – agree with the Belletti comment – glad we didn’t get him in summer
    I’d prefer not to get Haim, we already have enough average centrebacks.
    If Sam has a five year plan he should start buying some younger players otherwise he’ll be changing our aging defence every other year

  • wsq

    Nov 15, 2007 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #14

    too much oldies, there’s not much desire.

  • nightfall

    Nov 15, 2007 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #15

    do we really want another player who plays only for money?

  • Bill f

    Nov 15, 2007 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #16

    Nightfall, I’m afraid thats mainly what you get with the foreign players unless they think you are going to actually win things.

  • Brisbane Mag

    Nov 15, 2007 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #17

    I’d love to see Ben Haim come to Newcastle……

  • Leo

    Nov 16, 2007 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #18

    crush hoof players are good in cb positions.

    no nonsence defending is the way i like it

  • Len

    Nov 16, 2007 at 3:35 AM

    Comment #19

    Thinking of large uncompromising centre backs what happened to Jabba the Huth. Smogs are awful and he might be persuaded to move.

  • Aussie Geordie

    Nov 16, 2007 at 6:56 AM

    Comment #20

    There’s this Boumsong guy I heard about 🙂

  • Aussie Geordie

    Nov 16, 2007 at 7:01 AM

    Comment #21



  • Cyprus Toon

    Nov 16, 2007 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #22

    Imo think Big Sam is paying homage to the Bolton players by bring them to the TOON on higher wages, first Faye, now Hiem, then Anelka.. lol where will it stop, oh yeah, didn’t we hear about their goalie coming too!!!
    Personally, I don’t care who he brings in as long as we’re in Europe next season & we beat the crap out of the Spurts, as I wanna see Jol’s face (i know he’s no longer there) when were in Europe & they aren’t after what he said about us not being in the same league as the Spurts because they’ve been in Europe for the past 2 season, what a crock of crap!
    Come on Ashley, splash some decent cash & lets get some qual players who can rival the top 4 again! Ho’way the TOON!

  • apan

    Nov 16, 2007 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #23

    i dont mind if anelka’s coming 😀

  • valle

    Nov 16, 2007 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #24

    So Ben Haim have Epl exp… Well both Roz and Cacapa are miles better than him but lack epl exp.

    Question is… How on earth are the ever going to get epl exp in the first place if we just buy new players?

  • Paul

    Nov 16, 2007 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #25


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    Nov 17, 2007 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #26

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