Liverpool Offered Tempting £10m Tottenham Swap: Rafa May Accept Deal to Use Yossi Benayoun as Bait

White Hart Lane boss ready to hand Anfield top forward in exchange deal.

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Sports News - April 30, 2010

Tottenham Hotspur are considering a move for Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun that could see Roman Pavlyuchenko move in the opposite direction.

Liverpool showed interest in Pavlyuchenko during the winter transfer window and are keen to do a deal, but they are reluctant to meet demands of Benayoun plus £2million for the Russia striker.

The Merseysiders could find better value in doing a straight cash deal for their Israel midfielder and would hope to raise as much as £10m by exploring interest from Aston Villa, Roma, Sevilla and Dynamo Moscow – as well as Spurs. (Daily Mail)

Now as anyone who has read my articles before will know, I am a big fan of Yossi Benayoun. The Israeli international has that knack of making things out of nothing and is an irresistible attacking force when he is on top form. However Rafa Benitez doesn’t appear to hold the former West Ham man in a high regard and his three seasons at Anfield have seen him trying to constantly prove himself to the Liverpool boss.

Now if, as it appears, Rafa does not see Benayoun as a first team regular then it stands to reason that a deal such as this one may well be worth making. We desperately need alternative striking options, we all know this and have known it for some time. Roman Pavlyuchenko is a great player who has seen his career stutter somewhat at Tottenham.

Remember we are talking about a player that everyone wanted following Euro 2008 and he hasn’t suddenly got worse. His surge of good form last term helped push Tottenham into the Champions League spots and 10 goals in 12 starts in all competitions is a pretty damn good strike rate.

Perhaps we could even play the Russian up front alongside Torres? The pair have attributes that could go well together and if the source above is correct then its a deal worth taking, simply because Benitez seems unwilling to change his policy on Yossi who frankly deserves regular first team football.


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