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

01 February 2009 05:03
Sunderland [LNB]are set to sign Tal Ben Haim on loan from Manchester City[LNB]until the end of the season.[LNB] 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[LNB] 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.[LNB]But the board backed their boss over the Israel defender, who has not featured in the side since.[LNB]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. [LNB]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.' [LNB]The 26-year-old Israel international has made only nine League appearances since joining City from Chelsea [LNB]for £5million last summer. It appears he has no future at Eastlands while Hughes is still in charge.[LNB]It is understood that City offered Ben Haim to Blackburn [LNB]as part of the deal to sign Paraguay striker Roque Santa Cruz, but the bid was rejected.[LNB]Sbragia was on the coaching staff at Bolton [LNB]when Ben Haim was at the Reebok and is keen to make the deal permanent at the end of the season.[LNB]Ben Haim's agent Pini Zahavi said:  'Tal had to move because he needs to play.'[LNB] Manchester City agree £8m fee to sign Newcastle keeper Given - so is there any money left for Blackburn's Santa Cruz?[LNB]Stoke 1 Man City 0: Spineless and miserable as City struggle[LNB]Spurs would have made me rich but loyalty means a lot more, says Jones[LNB]MANCHESTER CITY FC NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NET[LNB]SUNDERLAND AFC NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NET[LNB][LNB] [LNB]  

Source: Daily_Mail