Charlton have captured Israeli international defender Tal Ben-Haim, the Championship club have announced.
The 32 year-old centre-back joins the Addicks from Belgian club Standard Liege, also owned by Charlton’s owner Roland Duchatelet. Capped 78 times at international level, Ben-Haim has signed a one-year contract with Charlton.
Tal Ben-Haim has extensive experience of English football during spells with Bolton, Chelsea, Manchester City, Sunderland, Portsmouth, West Ham and Queens Park Rangers. He returns to England after a year with Belgian side Standard Liege where he made ten league appearances.
The signing of Ben-Haim comes in the same week that Charlton announced the signed of Andre Bikey, who is also returning to English football after a season abroad. The veteran defender is new Charlton manager, Bob Peeters, fifth summer signing.
Charlton finished 18th in the Championship last season, narrowly evading relegation in the final month of the campaign. Under new owner Roland Duchatelet, who took over in January, the Addicks are seeking to improve on last season’s showing.
The club are forging strong links with Duchatelet’s other clubs Standard Liege and Hungarian side Ujpest. Ben-Haim is the third player to be transferred from Charlton between the three sides.