have completed the signing of Israel defender Tal Ben-Haim on loan from Manchester City
Ben Haim, who started his Barclays Premier League career with Bolton, is at the Stadium of Light until the end of the season.
The 26-year-old centre-back could go into the squad travelling to Blackburn for the FA Cup fourth-round replay after he missed Manchester City's third-round exit against Nottingham Forest.
Loan star: Ben Haim will strengthen Sunderland's rearguard
Sunderland boss Ricky Sbragia said: 'It's no secret we need defenders, it's a position we've been short in so I'm delighted that Tal has joined us.
'I know all about him from his days at Bolton, he's got a lot of top-flight experience and he'll be a great addition to our squad.'
Ben Haim started his career with Maccabi Tel Aviv and made almost 150 appearances before he moved to England to join Bolton.
After three years at the Reebok, Ben-Haim briefly moved to Chelsea before joining Manchester City in the summer of 2008.
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