Rafa looks to sell in order to buy, but is this very adaptable player surplus to requirements?
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Manchester City have made a £6m offer for Yossi Benayoun, all but ending West Ham’s hopes of re-signing the Israel midfielder.
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez must sell before making another bid for Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry, and the opportunity of a £1m profit on Benayoun could be too good to reject.
Benitez said: ‘We’re still trying to sign players, and if we have to sell someone we will do so.’
Hammers boss Alan Curbishley asked about Benayoun but is unlikely to match City’s bid. (Daily Mail)
Yossi had a better-than-average first season at Anfield, but you can understand why Rafa may consider selling the Israeli to balance the books. Although Benayoun is clearly a class above being just a squad player, he will always struggle to secure a regular place at Liverpool, and therefore a move to Manchester City may suit all parties down to the ground. To be honest, I think that Benitez could probably get even more for the midfielder, but circumstances may dictate that the Spaniard needs money urgently to fund one last foray into the transfer market. Do Liverpool fans think that the club should cash in on the intelligent quick-thinking former Hammer?