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Hughes confirms approach for Chelsea's Ben Haim

Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has confirmed his club are in talks to bring Chelsea defender Tal Ben Haim to Eastlands.

Hughes has identified a small number of players he feels can help the Blues to success in Europe and on the domestic stage this season.

And following discussions with executive chairman Garry Cook, Hughes believes Ben Haim can strengthen his defence.

The Israeli was in the north-west for talks today and Hughes is hoping negotiations can be successfully concluded.

'We have made a bid,' said the former Blackburn manager.

'Discussions are taking place and hopefully that will be among a number of deals that we conclude before the transfer deadline.'

Even if Ben Haim sealed a return to the north-west, the former Bolton man would not come into contention for Thursday's Uefa Cup qualifier with Faroe Island minnows EB/Streymur.

Defender Javier Garrido and striker Rolando Bianchi have still to get over minor niggles, while long-term absentee Valeri Bojinov is pencilled in to face Stockport on Saturday.

With new signing Jo on Olympic duty with Brazil and Benjani also on the injured list, youngsters Ched Evans and Daniel Sturridge will come into contention for the match which City are ahead 2-0 after the first leg.


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