(photo credit: Maccabi Haifa)
Dekel Keinan is on the verge of completing his transfer to Premier League new
boys Blackpool after going through a medical at the club on Thursday.
25-year-old, who will move on a free transfer after deciding not to renew his
contract at Maccabi Haifa, will become manager Ian Holloway’s first summer
signing, subject to the Israel defender securing a work permit.
will be a marvelous opportunity for me and the chance to succeed is in
hands,” said Keinan.
Keinan came through the Haifa youth system and has
been the anchor of the team’s defense for the past four seasons.
making his debut for the Israel national team three years ago, Keinan
become a key member of the blue-andwhite, playing in six of the side’s
Last week, Keinan bid farewell to the club which became
his second home.
“Maccabi Haifa is like a family for me,” he said. “It is
not easy for me to leave. This club is more than just a work place.
is the place in which I grew and experienced the most amazing
player could dream of.”
In other local soccer news, Hapoel Tel Aviv
remains hopeful of adding Israel international Ben Sahar to its
The 20-year-old hasn’t played as much as he expected at Spanish
club Espanyol, which he joined last summer, and is hoping to return to
after being told by coach Mauricio Pochettino that he will not be
playing time in the coming campaign.
Sahar has already agreed personal
terms with Hapoel, but the Reds have yet to come to an understanding
Espanyol regarding his release from the club.