Cardiff sign ‘wonderful’ Blackpool defender

Dekel Keinan in action against Arsenal
Dekel Keinan in action against Arsenal
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THE Seasiders will recoup the £500,000 they spent on Dekel Keinan after the Israeli defender completed a move to Cardiff City.

Ian Holloway spent most of last summer trying to push through a deal for the centre- half.

But Keinan has not been the success story the Pool manager had hoped, and he decided to sell to allow Keinan to get first-team football elsewhere and free up another space in his 25-man squad.

Pool have managed to do a good deal – they receive £200,000 up front but the fee could rise to £600,000 with add-ons, and they have a sell-on clause.

Holloway said: “I bought him in the summer but I always said I was going to be loyal to my lads who got us promoted. And blow me down, look how well they have done.

“That was a shame for Dekel because he came here to play but I couldn’t really get him in the team.

“He left his own country because he wants to play. He is a great lad and it was getting frustrating for him, so I decided to let him go. Cardiff got him and I wish him all the best.

“What a wonderful player they are getting. He had a really unfortunate time with us because when he did play, he played really well.

“But there has been no long suspensions or bad injuries to Craig Cathcart and Ian Evatt, and the pair of them have been fantastic – so good that even Baptiste can’t get in. And if you’d told me that at the start of the season, I wouldn’t have believed you.”

Keinan has penned a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Championship promotion chasers but missed out on a debut in the weekend win over Watford because he is waiting for a new work permit.

Cardiff boss Dave Jones said: “Dekel’s another quality player of international standard who we are bringing to the football club.

“I tried to get him here at the start of the season but at that time he wanted to go to the Premier League, which I understood.

“Sadly for him it didn’t work out for him as he would have hoped as Blackpool have done well. But in the games he played in, Dekel did well and we know we are signing a player who can play at the highest level.”

Keinan’s best moment in a Blackpool shirt came at Liverpool, where he replaced Craig Cathcart early in the contest and turned in a terrific display to help the Seasiders to a famous 2-1 win.