Yossi Benayoun is seemingly on the move from Chelsea but possibly not to Arsenal, as West Ham and Ajax eye up returns for the Israeli star.
Benayoun is out of favour at Stamford Bridge and is set to continue his career elsewhere, though a move to Arsenal, where he was on loan last season, seems unlikely as progress over a permanent deal has been slow.
So now it seems Benayoun is firing up the Delorean and heading back to one of his former clubs – West Ham, Ajax and even Maccabi Haifa want their former play-maker to return after some years away.
West Ham’s return to the Premier League has led to a number of established Premier League players being linked with a move to Upton Park – from Jussi Jaaskelainen to an audacious move for Nicolas Anelka. Now a move for Benayoun is being mooted, which is a sign that Allardyce wants more creativity from his side and a conscious attempt to shake the ‘long ball’ tag from his name.
Being based in London with Arsenal and Chelsea in recent times, I’m sure that Benayoun would relish a return to Upton Park but also the opportunity to further his career whilst staying in London.
It makes a lot of sense for Benayoun to return to West Ham at this point in his career, but I’m sure that moves back to Ajax and Maccabi Haifa will also appeal to him – particularly Ajax where he could end up replacing the superb young talent Christian Eriksen, who is attracting interest from many of the world’s best sides.
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