Chelsea have made it a hat-trick of free transfers for coach Jose Mourinho after landing Bolton defender Tal Ben Haim.

Ben Haim follows Steve Sidwell and Claudio Pizarro in moving to Stamford Bridge for nothing as Chelsea continue to bolster their squad ahead of next season.

The 25-year-old was out of contract at the Reebok Stadium and former Bolton boss Sam Allardyce was hoping to persuade the defender to link-up with him again at Newcastle, but Ben Haim, who came close to signing for Chelsea in the January transfer window, opted to sign a four-year deal at Stamford Bridge instead.

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