Allardyce gambles on Ben Haim
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
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“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.”