Big Sam warns Ben Haim suitors
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sam Allardyce says clubs will have to meet Bolton's hefty valuation of Tal Ben Haim.
Bolton Wanderers manager Sam Allardyce has warned clubs interested in Tal Ben Haim that they will have to meet The Trotters' hefty valuation of the player.
The Israeli international was linked with a shock switch to Portsmouth over the summer after the Fratton Park club missed out on Blackburn's Ryan Nelson.
Ben Haim has just one year remaining on the three-year deal he penned when he joined Bolton in 2004.
The 24-year-old is yet to agree terms on a new deal and reports suggested Pompey would make a cut-price bid for the stopper in January.
However, Allardyce says he will not allow Ben Haim to leave on the cheap and will only consider selling if clubs meet Bolton's valuation, thought to be around £6 million.
"We've had enquiries for Tal, but nobody has come near our valuation," Allardyce said in the Daily Mirror.
Meanwhile, Allardyce will reportedly pay as much as £1 million for highly-rated Coventry teenager Temitope Obadeyi.
Obadeyi refused the chance of a scholarship at the Ricoh Arena but any club wanting his services were required to pay compensation to The Sky Blues.
The Trotters will pay Coventry an initial £150,000 with further add-ons that could eventually make the deal worth £1 million.