This revelation led to the resurfacing of speculation that the player could be waiting on a move to Liverpool, a rumour which began after Benayoun impressed in the dramatic '05-06 FA Cup final between the clubs.
Curbishley says the midfielder spoke with him on Wednesday and confirmed his intention to sign the package, and is quoted on the Premier League website:
"Yossi phoned up yesterday (Wednesday) to reiterate that he is coming here tomorrow (Friday) to sign it," said Curbishley.
"He is a terrific player and one who wants to be here. It is not a bad commitment, five years. It is the same as Scotty and we are delighted."