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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 July, 2004, 11:41 GMT 12:41 UK
Bolton in double swoop
Fernando Hierro
Hierro won 89 caps for Spain
Bolton have completed the signing of 36-year-old Real Madrid legend Fernando Hierro on a one-year deal.

And manager Sam Allardyce added to his defensive ranks with the capture of triallist Tal Ben Haim from Maccabi Tel Aviv on a three-year contract.

Hierro left the Spanish giants one year ago and spent 12 months in Qatar, which means Bolton still need to obtain international clearance.

"I firmly believe he can become a star in the English game," Allardyce said.

Allardyce, who hailed the signing of Hierro as a "major coup", has in the past lured the likes of Ivan Campo, Youri Djorkaeff and Jay-Jay Okocha to the Reebok Stadium and just missed out on a deal for Rivaldo.

Tal is the biggest name to come out of Israeli football since Eyal Berkovic
Allardyce on Tal Ben Haim
Djorkaeff has now left the Reebok but the signing of Hierro gives Wanderers supporters a big pre-season boost.

"He is without doubt one of the biggest names in Spanish football," Allardyce added.

"Most people in the game know him as a defender but he has played most of his career as a midfielder and we now have the flexibility of playing him in those two areas.

"After spending a year in Qatar, he is desperate to make an impression again in mainstream European football."

The Spanish great could make his debut in Sunday's high-profile friendly against Inter Milan.

Allardyce is equally delighted by the arrival of Ben Haim, Israel's captain.

"Tal is the biggest name to come out of Israeli football since Eyal Berkovic," he said.

"He has all the right attributes to make it in the Premiership."






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