Thursday, July 27, 2006

New Deal for Yossi?

Skysports.com are reporting today that West Ham will offer Yossi Benayoun a new improved contract to ward off potential suitors of the player. However the main source for this story seems to be the player's agent, who of course has no agenda of his own.

Liverpool and Arsenal have both shown interest in the winger after his fine first season in the premiership. The 26-year-old's agent Ronen Katzav admitted there was interest in Benayoun, but revealed West Ham are planning to extend his contract to keep him at Upton Park.

"All the time there is interest, but no one has called me," Katzav said. "Yossi has a contract with West Ham and he is happy at West Ham. I know there a few clubs that like Yossi, but liking a player and signing one is two totally different things.

"West Ham would fight to keep him if any club came in for him and I have talks planned with [managing director] Paul Aldridge about a new improved contract. Yossi has three years to run on his contract and I think West Ham are ready to offer him an improved deal for five years."

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