Filed: Tuesday, 22nd May 2007
By: Matthew O'Greel
Yossi Benayoun is set to pledge his future to West Ham United after he was offered a lucrative new four-year deal.
The Israeli midfielder had looked set to leave the club this summer after he was left out of the first team by Alan Curbishley. However his recent form - he was pivotal in West Ham's 'great escape' - has caused both parties to rethink, leading to the new offer.
Benayoun's agent, Ronen Katzav, told the Israeli media last night:
"West Ham made it clear to us that they very much want Yossi and therefore offered him a much improved long term contract.
"They stated that they want to build a team around him and therefore he received an offer never matched by any Israeli player previously.
"In any case, we have not yet decided and will not talk to any other club until we have concluded with West Ham. A decision will be made by the end of the week."
* West Ham are rumoured to be in the chase for Bolton's out of contract full-back Tal Ben Haim.
The Hammers approached the Israeli defender in January but he opted to wait until the summer before making a decision on his future. A deal with Chelsea had been mooted but as of yet the Blues are still to approach Ben Haim, who is also thought to be interesting Portsmouth.
KUMB Awards XVIII: polls open next week [14th May 2015]
The KUMB Readers' Awards XVII [25th Apr 2014]
Allardyce on.....Stoke City [31st Aug 2013]
Free transfer list announced [7th Jun 2013]
KUMB.com Reader's Awards XVI - 2012/13 season [20th May 2013]
And that's a wrap [1st Feb 2013]
Allardyce on... Manchester United [6th Jan 2013]
Joe Cole on West Ham return [4th Jan 2013]
Allardyce on... Norwich City [2nd Jan 2013]
Please note that this section is for comments relating to the above news item only. Any off-topic or abusive posts will be removed. Posts including either links and/or foul language are automatically filtered and will not be published. To engage in further discussion on any of our news stories, visit the KUMB Forums.
Not a member of the KUMB Forums? You may register for free membership here.
04:44PM 22nd May 2007
''this is good news, we need to keep players like this. ''
11:22AM 22nd May 2007
''Brilliant news! An excellent player who will help us have an excellent season next year ...''
by Claret Hoop
09:32AM 22nd May 2007
''This would be great news - as would signing Tal Ben Haim, an excellent and versatile defender.''
05:22AM 22nd May 2007
''That's great news - he is definitely one of the "must keep" players in my view.''
03:09AM 22nd May 2007
''Glad to have our diamond geezer almost secured, would be nice having Ben Haim in our back four too.''