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Newcastle boss: Ben Haim wanted Champions League action

Newcastle United boss Sam Allardyce admitted the prospect of Champions League football convinced Tal Ben Haim to choose Chelsea over the Toon yesterday.

He said: "I think we've had a long, hard go this week, but the lure of Chelsea and the Champions League for Tal has perhaps just pipped me at the post.

"I'm sad I can't bring him here and work with him again. I like the lad an awful lot and we know each other really well. But, like I said, the lure of Chelsea is a big one."

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