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Ben Haim secures Sunderland move

Tal Ben Haim marks Fulham's Bobby Zamora
Tal Ben Haim has been at Man City since July

Sunderland have signed defender Tal Ben Haim from Manchester City on loan until the end of the season

The 26-year-old Israeli centre-back has been involved in just nine Premier League games this season for City.

Ben Haim joined Chelsea on a free transfer from Bolton in June 2007 before moving to City in July 2008.

"I've worked with him previously and I know what I'm getting," said Sunderland manager Ricky Sbragia, referring to their time together at Bolton.

Sbragia worked as Bolton's first-team coach between 2005 and 2007, before joining Sunderland's coaching staff.

"It's been a position we've been short in so I'm delighted that Tal has joined us," added Sbragia. "He's got a lot of top-flight experience and he'll be a great addition to our squad."

Ben Haim has been a regular for his country, including two matches against England during qualifying for Euro 2008.

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see also
Man City sign Ben Haim from Blues
30 Jul 08 |  Man City
Chelsea secure deal for Ben Haim
14 Jun 07 |  Chelsea

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