Pardew chases Katan
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
West Ham are weighing up a move to bring a second Israel international to Upton Park.West Ham United are weighing up a move to bring a second Israel international to Upton Park.
Yossi Benayoun has already made an impact for The Hammers since his summer switch from Racing Santander and he could be joined in the New Year by compatriot Yaniv Katan.
The striker was watched by Hammers boss Alan Pardew in last week's World Cup qualifier against Switzerland, although he was not on the scoresheet.
Katan did find the target against Faroe Islands last Wednesday and Benayoun has revealed West Ham are interested in his fellow Israeli.
"I know Pardew was in Switzerland to see Katan," said Benayoun. "I told him to take him.
"Katan is very good and he can suit the way football is played here."
The 24-year-old currently plays for Maccabi Haifa in his homeland and was courted by Portsmouth at the end of last season.
Pompey had a £1 million offer for the hot shot rejected by Maccabi, who are believed to want £2 million for Katan.
Pardew is still in the market for a new forward and, after failing to sign the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor and Benni McCarthy, could turn to Katan when the transfer window reopens in January.