Maccabi Haifa's poor start to the season - the former powerhouse lost its two opening games - plus the injury to Tamir Cohen have prompted team owner Yaakov Shahar and coach Reuven Atar to delve into the transfer market in an attempt to shore up their sinking ship. Last week, Haifa bought Ivorian defensive midfielder Joel Damahou from Bnei Sakhnin. On Monday, Israeli midfielder Liroy Zhairi was signed on loan from Belgian club Machelen, and on Tuesday Haifa secured the services of another returning Israeli, Dekel Keinan, who had been struggling to maintain a first-team spot at Cardiff City.
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