One time Chelsea 'wonderkid' set for move after languishing in German fourth tier

Hertha Berlin

Israeli striker Ben Sahar is all set for a move to Arminia Bielefeld.

In January 2007, Chelsea unleashed a 17-year-old being dubbed a ‘wonderkid’ into the fold against Macclesfield Town - in the form of talented Israeli Ben Sahar.

At the time he was considered a hot prospect at the club - with tips of a potential future in the first team for the former Hapoel Tel-Aviv player.

In the end however his time at Stamford Bridge revolved mainly around loan spells elsewhere.

He spent time at QPR, Sheffield Wednesday, Portsmouth and De Graafschap over three years - before leaving for Spanish outfit Espanyol in 2009 - for a fee of £1 million.

But despite a promising start to his Spanish career, including a double against Liverpool in pre-season, he never made the grade in Spain - instead once again spending time out on loan with boyhood club Hapoel Tel Aviv and in France with AJ Auxerre.

After his stint with Espanyol he quickly found a new club, joining Hertha Berlin on a free transfer last summer but once again he has enjoyed a frustrating time with his new club.

He featured in just 18 first team games for Hertha in their 2.Bundesliga promotion campaign - and has become a spare part in their promising Bundesliga start.

He has played no minutes in the Bundesliga this season - instead spending most of his time with Hertha BSC II in the fourth tier of German football.

But he is now all set for yet another transfer.

Sahar is all set to join 2.Bundesliga outfit Arminia Bielefeld this week.

According to Bild he will make the switch as soon as personal terms are finally thrashed out. And Bieledeld’s manager Samir Arabi stated yesterday:

"I have a good feeling that we can realize the commitment of Berlin's Ben Sahar. It only depends on little things."

For Sahar it seems he will never live up to the expectations that were predicted of him as a teenager. But at least this move would finally provide him with first-team football - and at a level above the fourth tier of German football.

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