Benayoun set for Hammers
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Israel international Yossi Benayoun claims he has agreed a move to West Ham.Israel international Yossi Benayoun claims he has agreed a move to West Ham United.
Reports in Spain have linked the Racing Santander playmaker with The Hammers, with talks rumoured to have been ongoing this week.
Benayoun is leaving Santander after the Primera Liga club accepted an offer of é¼3.5 million (£2.4 million) from agents Pini Zahavi and Ronen Katsav for his transfer rights.
That deal upset Racing as they had agreed a é¼5 million (£3.4 million) fee with CSKA Moscow, only for Benayoun to reject a switch to Russia.
The schemer has been holding out for a move to The Premiership, having been linked with Newcastle United, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Bolton Wanderers in the past.
He now appears primed for a transfer to Upton Park after Benayoun revealed he had agreed terms with the Premiership new boys.
"I had many offers, but West Ham attracted me most," said Benayoun.
"My dream has come true.
"It is not about money. I want to be part of the club's adventure back in The Premiership."
If Benayoun's move is pushed through, his arrival will assuage Hammers boss Alan Pardew's concerns about the lack of flair in his squad.
Pardew has also been tipped to make a move for Hammers old boy Fredi Kanoute, with a £4 million offer for the Tottenham striker being mooted.