Sam urges Blues to up Tal bid
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sam Allardyce has urged Chelsea to come in with a renewed offer for Tal Ben Haim.
Sam Allardyce has urged Chelsea to come in with a renewed offer for his Bolton defender Tal Ben Haim, but The Blues claim any deal is now dead in the water.
The Blues' bid to land Ben Haim hit a brick wall on Wednesday after The Trotters rejected an offer, reported to be in the region of £2million.
Jose Mourinho far refused to up his valuation of a player who has just six months remaining on his Bolton contract.
But Allardyce believes Mourinho could rue not pursuing a deal, with the Bolton boss of the opinion that the Israeli would shore up a recently susceptible Blues defence.
"He is a top player," insisted Allardyce.
"He will be a lot better when he goes to Chelsea than Jose thinks.
"But that won't happen until they match our terms.
"They could wait until the summer and get him on a free but it all depends on how much they need him.
"He is a good buy for them because he can play in the Champions League and FA Cup as well as the Premiership."
However a statement from Chelsea read: "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.
"These discussions have been unsuccessful and Ben Haim will not be joining Chelsea FC in January."