Date: 3rd February 2009 at 7:41pm
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Ricky Sbragia, him of the Mackem variety, has claimed that the Black Cats saw off ourselves in a last ditch plunge for former Bolton and Chelsea defender Tal Ben Haim. Having missed out on the player under Sam Allardyce, Sbragia claimed:

“We needed defenders and I knew about Tal Ben-Haim from his Bolton days. Blackburn and Newcastle were interested but he has decided to join us and we`re glad of that.”