Yossi: Eyal swung decision
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Yossi Benayoun says Eyal Berkovic convinced him to reject Bolton for West Ham.
New West Ham signing Yossi Benayoun has revealed that Eyal Berkovic convinced him to snub Bolton Wanderers for West Ham.
The Israel international left Racing Santander to pursue a dream of playing in England and had the choice of The Reebok Stadium or Upton Park.
Former Hammers favourite Berkovic, a pal of Benayoun's, helped persuade the forward to head for East London - despite the lure of European football at Bolton.
"Of course I'm good friends with Eyal," Benayoun informed Sky Sports News.
"Before I signed, I didn't know where to play.
"I had another offer from Bolton.
"I asked Eyal. He told me not to think twice - to go to West Ham; they are the best club for you, they have great supporters.
"So I'm looking forward also to meet with those supporters."