Rafa Benitez will up his bid for the Israeli playmaker

An initial bid of 3mil was turned down a week ago but it is thought Benitez will offer an improved cash or cash plus Craig Bellamy offer.

Benayoun has himself declared his interest in moving to the perennial underachievers, and held back from putting pen to paper on a lucractive five year extension with west ham in the hope of sounding out Benitez.