Former Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal midfielder, Yossi Benayoun, is on his way to Malaga according to reports in the Daily Mail. It is understood that the Israeli was being hotly pursued by Harry Redknapp for a move to Queens Park Rangers but Spain seems to be his preferred destination.
However, that deal could hit a snag with Malaga already fulfilling their quota of three non-Eu players at the club. Benayoun is quoted as saying: ‘Pini Zahavi is pressing me hard to sign for QPR but at the moment I’m inclined towards moving to Spain.
‘However, things can change in one second. I also have an offer from Malaga and we are set to agree everything. The only thing that is bothering me is that I won’t be able to play until January because they have their full quota of non-European players and I don’t hold an EU passport.’
The report indicates that Benayoun has been offered an 18 month contract for £65,000 a week.
Reports in Spain two months ago suggested that the midfielder was on his way to Getafe on a free transfer but that didn’t materialise.
La Liga is a league that Benayoun is familiar with, as he had a spell at Real Sociedad before moving to the Premier League in 2005 to join West Ham, before going on to have spells at Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal.
Benayoun has usually been renowned for his technique and close control – whilst at Liverpool he had a relatively good goal scoring record, and was part of the Chelsea squad that won the Europa League last season.
However, injuries have blighted him of late, resulting in Chelsea releasing the 33-year-old at the end of last season.
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