en Haim to join Sunderland on loan after clash with Man City boss Hughes

01 February 2009 05:03

are set to sign Tal Ben Haim on loan from Manchester City

until the end of the season.

Friends reunited: Former Chelsea players Tal Ben Haim and Mateja Kezman share a moment in City's clash with Paris Saint-Germain earlier this season

Ben Haim was one of several City players who met with City's executive chairman Garry Cook at the end of December to complain about Mark Hughes management methods.

But the board backed their boss over the Israel defender, who has not featured in the side since.

Speaking after Sunderland's 1-1 draw at Newcastle, Black Cats boss Ricky Sbragia denied other reports that he was poised to sign Darren Bent from Tottenham.

But on Ben Haim, he said: 'The one we've done is Tal Ben Haim. I think that's going to be done some time today. 'We need a defender and he's a good defender. I've worked with him previously and I know what I'm getting.'

The 26-year-old Israel international has made only nine League appearances since joining City from Chelsea

for £5million last summer. It appears he has no future at Eastlands while Hughes is still in charge.

It is understood that City offered Ben Haim to Blackburn

as part of the deal to sign Paraguay striker Roque Santa Cruz, but the bid was rejected.

Sbragia was on the coaching staff at Bolton

when Ben Haim was at the Reebok and is keen to make the deal permanent at the end of the season.

Ben Haim's agent Pini Zahavi said:  'Tal had to move because he needs to play.'

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Source: Daily_Mail

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