Benayoun's Backtrack

Last updated : 11 July 2007 By Barney French
Reports suggest the price will be in the region of £4-5mil - a profit on the fee which brought him to Upton Park but a price which fans will rightly feel is undervalue.

Benayoun performed the biggest u-turn since the Allied retreat at Dunkirk when he agreed a 5 year bumper deal at West Ham, and a few days later made Liverpool aware of his interest to sign for them.

And the midfielder's words at the end of May are likely to make the player a target for verbal abuse when and indeed if he is in the squad and returns to Upton Park;

"I'm very pleased to have agreed this new deal,"
said the Israel international on "From the first moment I arrived at West Ham, the Club felt like home to me. We have the best supporters in England.

"The natural thing for me was to sign a new deal and I'm very happy because I want to stay at this Club. I'm sure we'll have a better season next season because we have players with a lot of quality.

"We will also have new players coming in to make us stronger and better. I'm very pleased because it is the best place for me.

"The Chairman is very ambitious and I want to thank him because the negotiations were very quick. He and the manager showed me they wanted me to stay immediately. Hopefully I will pay them back on the pitch and I will do everything in my power to match their ambition."

But over the last month and a half, the player has been the subject of an insulting £1mil offer, a bid in the region of £3mil and it is now believed West Ham have finally called it a day with Liverpool's third bid.