Charlton make double signing of Ben Haim and Gudmundsson

By Rob Virtue on July 11, 2014 3:55 PM |

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Former Chelsea defender Tal Ben Haim and Icelandic winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson joined Charlton in a double deal on Friday.

The Addicks snapped up both players on a free, making it six signings in a busy summer period for the south-east Londoners.

Ben Haim, who has played 78 times for Israel, made the switch from Standard Liege, the Belgium side also owned by Charlton chief Roland Duchatelet.

The 32-year-old also played for Manchester City, Portsmouth, West Ham among a host of British clubs before heading to Liege in 2013. He joins Charlton on a one-year deal.

Gudmundsson, a former Chelsea and Fulham youth player, has spent the last four years at Dutch side AZ Alkmaar.

The 23-year-old's contract ran out this summer and Charlton snapped him up on a two-year contract.

The left-footer hit fame with a stunning hattrick against Switzerland in a World Cup qualifier earlier this year. He has played 32 times for his country, scoring five times.

Speaking to the Charlton website he said: "I heard of the interest a few weeks ago and obviously I'm on a free transfer so there were a lot of things happening, but in the end I decided to go with Charlton.

"It's a great club with a good history and I think we are building something good here."