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By ESPN Staff
Feb 2, 2009

Sunderland recruit Ben Haim on loan

Tal Ben Haim has set his sights on helping to drag Sunderland away from the Premier League relegation zone after completing his loan move from Manchester City.

The 26-year-old Israel international has joined the Black Cats for the rest of the season, although he was not registered in time to play in Wednesday night's FA Cup fourth-round replay at Blackburn Rovers.

That means he could make his debut in the league clash with Stoke at the Stadium of Light on Saturday, and he is relishing the prospect of linking up with former Bolton Wanderers coach Ricky Sbragia once again.

Ben Haim told the club's official website: ''I'm happy to come here, play some football and help Sunderland achieve their targets.

''I know Ricky from Bolton and it will be good to work with him again.

''Sunderland should be higher up in the table and I hope that will be the case over the next four months.''

The Wearsiders are four points clear of the bottom three in 13th place after Sunday's 1-1 derby draw at Newcastle United.

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