Redknapp set to complete first signing for QPR

Defender Tal Ben HaimNew QPR manager Harry Redknapp is set to make Tal Ben Haim his first signing at the Premier League club, according to reports from the Daily Mail.

The seasoned Israel defender is currently a free-agent after reaching a settlement to terminate his contract with cash strapped Portsmouth due to a wage dispute.

According to reports he is due to train with the Super Hoops in a bid to regain match fitness, having not played since a 4-0 World Cup qualification defeat in September.

Despite his age, 30, and lack of recent competitive football, Redkknapp believes that Ben Haim could bring more solidity to QPR’s leaky backline.

The Loftus Road club have shipped 27 goals, the second highest in the league this season, during their opening 15 games, which has left them rooted to the foot of the table.

Despite possessing a number of experienced defensive options,’Arry feels that the player he coached at Pompey will be a sound addition in their quest for survival.

Ben Haim is primarily a centre-back, but is confortable operating as a sweeper in a three-man central defensive unit or as a right sided full-back.

There are reports that he is on the verge of joining Chinese Super League club Guangzhou R&F, but one last crack at Premier League football could persuade him to reject the move.

He has a wealth of experience within England having spent time at Bolton, Chelsea, Portsmouth, Manchester City, Sunderland and West Ham.