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Liverpool Consdier Swap Move for £16m West Ham Pair: Rafa Benitez Ready to Offer Benayoun In Deal to Sign Behrami and Upson

Anfield boss expresses interest in Upton Park pair and could offer former Hammer in part exchange.

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Sports News - February 20, 2010

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is hoping to use adaptable midfielder Yossi Benayoun as bait to help land West Ham pair Valon Behrami and Matthew Upson. The Anfield manager has previously been linked with both Upton Park players but will this summer push on with attempts to bring in new talents to the club by offering squad players in part exchange in order to save spending cash.

Right sided Swiss international Valon Behrami will be starring in next months World Cup and could well be one player on his way to an Upton Park exit. Co-owner David Sullivan has stated that practically his entire team is available at the right price and Benitez is an admirer of the former Lazio man.

Benitez is also a fan of England international centre back Matthew Upson and is reportedly hoping to bring in a new defender to help shore up the Liverpool back line that was especially leaky during the first half of this season.

Yossi Benayoun had a great spell at West Ham and during his two year spell he became something of a cult hero at the club and may well be keen on returning to the club who look certain to name Israeli Avram Grant as their new manager. Benayoun has struggled to secure a long term run in the first team and may well be interested in a return to east London where he would at least probably be given a solid run in the starting eleven.

The West Ham pair are rated at around £16m but Rafa would hope that about half that figure would be covered by the addition of Yossi Benayoun as part of a player plus cash deal.

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