Benayoun in Liverpool link
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
West Ham's Yossi Benayoun has been linked with a surprise move to Liverpool.
West Ham midfielder Yossi Benayoun has been linked with a surprise move to Liverpool.
The 26-year-old was undoubtedly one of the stars of The Hammers' strong campaign last season, but he has been quoted as saying that The Reds are interesting in snapping him up.
Although Benayoun revealed that no formal offer has been made, he admits that a switch to Anfield would be an appealing proposition for any player.
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is looking to strengthen his squad ahead of the new season and the Israeli is believed to have caught his eye.
"Liverpool are interested in me," Benayoun told homeland newspaper Haaretz.
"Of course it's very flattering but there still has not been an official approach."
Benayoun is sure to be central to West Ham boss Alan Pardew's plans and would be extremely difficult to prise away from Upton Park.
Liverpool, meanwhile, have confirmed their first three pre-season opponents.
They will play Kaiserslautern in Liechtenstein on July 29, before facing Grasshopper Zurich on August 1 and Mainz four days later.