Al­lardyce gam­bles on Ben Haim

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY ANDREW PENTOL

BOLTON WAN­DER­ERS boss Sam Al­lardyce is pre­pared to re­sist all of­fers for Tal Ben Haim, even though he could lose him for noth­ing in the sum­mer.

The £250,000 bar­gain from Mac­cabi Tel Aviv has ma­tured into one of the most re­li­able stop­pers in the Premiership, with cham­pi­ons Chelsea among his ad­mir­ers.

Al­lardyce ad­mits the Is­rael in­ter­na­tional looks ready to leave un­der the

FOOT­BALL Bos­man rul­ing but wants Ben Haim to help his side con­tinue their push for a Cham­pi­ons League spot.

“Tal could leave,” he said. “His ne­go­ti­a­tions are del­i­cate and very dif­fi­cult so it doesn’t look promis­ing. Ev­ery­one thinks they can play a game with us be­cause he’s on the cheap.

“There’s no point re­leas­ing any­body un­less they hit our value be­cause we could lose far more money by ac­cept­ing an of­fer.”

He added: “It might cause a fren­zied bid­ding war be­cause he’s a top player and that may tempt us into let­ting him go but, if he goes on a free at the end of the sea­son and gets us where we want to go — then so be it.”

Bolton chair­man Phil Gart­side sup­ported his man­ager, “we’ll make an of­fer he can­not refuse.”

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