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Ben Haim completes transfer to Man City

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  • Israeli international defender Tal Ben Haim completes his move to Man City
  • The 26-year-old leaves Chelsea for an undisclosed fee on a four-year contract
  • Ben Haim failed to establish himself at Chelsea following his move from Bolton
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(CNN) -- Manchester City have completed the signing of utility defender Tal Ben Haim from Chelsea for an undisclosed fee.

Tal Ben Haim becomes Mark Hughes' second signing since becoming Manchester City manager.

The 26-year-old Israeli, who has agreed a four-year contract with City, is moving for the second time in 13 months after joining Chelsea on a free transfer from Bolton in June 2007.

The transfer is subject to the former Maccabi Tel Aviv player gaining a work permit although that will be a formality given his regular appearances for Israel -- which included two matches against England during qualifying for Euro 2008.

Ben Haim is the second new arrival at City since the appointment of manager Mark Hughes at the start of last month. It is thought he cost around a third of the £18million ($36 million) paid to CSKA Moscow for the services of Brazilian striker Jo.

After three seasons at Bolton, Ben Haim endured a disappointing campaign at Chelsea during which he started just 13 times as John Terry and Ricardo Carvalho proved immovable objects in the center of the Blues defense.

To win a center-back berth at City he will have to do battle with captain Richard Dunne -- who signed a new contract with the club this summer -- and England star Micah Richards, although the new recruit could fill a full-back role.

Admitting to his interest in the versatile defender, Hughes said: "With so many games to play this season it is important to get the balance right.

"Last season the team was weakened when Micah Richards and Richard Dunne were not in it. We are trying to address that."

Meanwhile, City have confirmed that Italian striker Bernardo Corradi has joined Serie A side Reggina following his release from the club.

The 32-year-old Italian joined City from Valencia two years ago but failed to make an impact, being sent off on debut at Chelsea and scoring just three times in 29 league and cup appearances.

Corradi spent last season on loan at Parma, skippering the side on several occasions, but now moves to the southern Italian club.

Meanwhile, the long-running transfer saga regarding Aston Villa captain Gareth Barry's proposed move to Liverpool appears to have taken another twist, with the Midleands club insisting the player will not be moving to Anfield.

Barry had his heart set on a move to Liverpool, where he would have joined up with fellow-England midfielder Steven Gerrard.

But Villa have said the 27-year-old will be staying after Liverpool failed to reach a deadline to meet their £18 million ($36 million) valuation for the player.

"During discussions in the past few days, a final deadline to conclude this episode was set, that all parties were aware of and agreed to. This deadline has now passed and so Gareth will remain with Villa," said a club statement.

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