Transfer news

Benayoun desperate for Blues exit

August 24, 2012
By Kevin Palmer

Yossi Benayoun is hoping to secure a move away from Chelsea before the end of the transfer window - with Greek side Olympiakos and Premier League duo West Ham and Fulham considering a move for out-of-favour midfielder.

Yossi Benayoun Israel
GettyImagesYossi Benayoun spent last season on loan at Arsenal

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Benayoun spent last season on loan at Arsenal, but the North London club have opted against signing the Israel playmaker after he failed to nail down a regular spot in Arsene Wenger's starting line-up.

With one year left on his Chelsea contract, Benayoun was hoping to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, but he now fears he may be stuck in the Blues reserves as club chiefs insist the 32-year-old will not be allowed to terminate his contract early.

Chelsea are looking to secure a transfer fee for Benayoun, whose wage demands may price him out of the market for a move to clubs who could not finance what would be an expensive and somewhat risky signing.

"I will announce something soon on my future as I am taking time on my decision and want to make the right one," Benayoun recently said.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are rumoured to be ready to step up their interest in Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic, who has also been heavily linked with a move to Manchester City in recent days.