Keinan agrees Blackpool move

By Simon Griver, July 12, 2010
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Keinan will travel to Blackpool on Wednesday

Keinan will travel to Blackpool on Wednesday

Maccabi Haifa defender Dekel Keinan has agreed a one-year deal with Premier League new boys Blackpool.

Israeli international Keinan, 25 met Blackpool manager Ian Holloway on Saturday and agreed terms for the season.

Keinan has returned home to Kibbutz Rosh Hanikra in northern Israel and will travel to Blackpool on Wednesday to undergo a medical and sign a contract.

Out of contract with Haifa, Keinan is available on a free transfer. He remains determined to play abroad following an unsuccessful trial at Russian champions Rubin Kazan earlier this month. Keinan received a better financial offer from Belgian side Mechelen but prefers to take his chances in England.

Keinan said: “This will be a marvellous opportunity for me and the chance to succeed is in my own hands.”

Keinan has been with Haifa since he was a teenager and has also had loan spells at Bnei Sakhnin and Maccabi Netanya.

He has made over 100 appearances for Haifa including many Champions League and Uefa Cup matches, and has played 15 times for Israel since 2007, ensuring that he will qualify for a work permit.

Last updated: 11:13am, July 12 2010