Former Liverpool and Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun has been a free agent since the end of last season, which means he’s free to talk to whoever he wants as he looks for a club ahead of the 2013/2014 Premier League campaign.
Here are five possible destinations.
He could be seen as a great player to provide an older head in a squad which is currently filled with a lot of younger players.
One of the criticisms of Paul Lambert and his team last season was the fact that the side was so young and inexperienced, making mistakes that older players wouldn’t make.
Benayoun also wouldn’t force Villa to break the bank but he’d just be a squad player and that’s something he needs to consider.
Cardiff should be very interested in signing someone like Benayoun because of his Premier League experience.
Despite the fact they have only just been promoted to the Premier League, Cardiff aren’t exactly a small club which means the move should be tempting for the Israeli international.
It’s also likely to be cheap which is important for the Bluebirds who can then use a large percentage of funds to go after more expensive targets.
Hull could try going after him for similar reasons to Cardiff, because of his experience.
They offer the Premier League status as opposed to him having to dip down into the Championship and he should get a fair run of games although Steve Bruce is the sort of boss who will want to reward the players that got the team promoted.
That shouldn’t put Benayoun off from a move, he just needs to prove he’s still got what it takes to play regularly.
West Bromwich Albion
West Brom are leading the chase for him according to the latest reports and he would be an extremely valuable asset for the Baggies due to his superior experience and the quality he can inject into their midfield.
West Brom will be looking for ways to improve their side to prevent the chances of them capitulating again next season after a fantastic start last season, which saw them tipped at one point for a European place.
West Ham United
The Hammers are a club Benayoun has already played for and he could be tempted into going back there by Sam Allardyce.
The Hammers need to find cost effective ways to improve and enhance the depth of their squad because they are not in a position where they can afford to pay big fees for players every single time like they’ve just done for Andy Carroll.
Benayoun would add a calmness, composure and leadership to the current crop of West Ham middle men.
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