No Blues move for Ben Haim
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chelsea will not be signing Tal Ben Haim after talks with Bolton were unsuccessful.
Chelsea will not be signing Tal Ben Haim in January after confirming talks with Bolton Wanderers were unsuccessful.
The Premiership champions had turned to Ben Haim in a bid to ease the defensive crisis at Stamford Bridge.
The Israeli's father had also claimed that Ben Haim was closing in on a £2million transfer to Jose Mourinho's side.
But any January deal for the centre-half now appears to be off after Chelsea confirmed negotiations with Bolton failed to bear fruit.
"Chelsea Football Club can confirm that it has been in discussions with Bolton Wanderers for the transfer of Tal Ben Haim in the January transfer window," read a statement on the club's official website.
"These discussions have been unsuccessful and Ben Haim will not be joining Chelsea FC in January."
Prior to Chelsea's statement, Bolton manager Sam Allardyce had warned The Blues they only had a few days to lodge a bid for the defender, who is out of contract at the end of the season.
Allardyce told Bolton's official website: "At the moment it looks like that Tal will be here for the rest of the season. We haven't had an acceptable offer from any football club.
"There have been a few clubs, who have shown an interest in him. Chelsea seem to be keen on him. If they want him they will have to meet our valuation.
"We will only listen to acceptable offers in the next few days. If it goes beyond that we won't sell him in the last week of the transfer window.
"We have to replace Tal Ben Haim with another centre-half and if there's no one out there then he won't leave until the summer."