Reds increase Benayoun bid

Liverpool increase Benayoun bid
By Eurosport

22/06/2007 at 09:54Updated

West Ham midfielder Yossi Benayoun looks set to move to Liverpool after they apparently submitted a £4.5 million bid for the Israeli. The Reds had a £3 million offer rejected last week, leading Benayoun to stall over signing a new five-year deal.

This has prompted the Hammers to cancel contract negotiations with the former Racing Santander man, who admitted to being "flattered" by the interest.

"I'm honoured a club like Liverpool is interested in me," the 27-year-old said. "I'm contracted to West Ham so we will have to see what happens."

West Ham chairman Eggert Magnusson was due to offer the player a five-year, £13 million deal that would have taken his weekly wage to £40,000 per week. But the East London club are expected to wait until he returns from Israel in two weeks until reviving talks - assuming the player wants to.

West Ham target Craig Bellamy could be offered in exchange for the player.

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