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.
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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.''