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Yossi seals Liverpool move
12 Jul 2007 - 18:44:51
Liverpool have concluded a busy day in the transfer market by completing the signing of Israel international Yossi Benayoun.
The 27-year-old midfielder has signed a four-year contract at Anfield after the Reds agreed an undisclosed fee - believed to be around £4million - with West Ham United for the former Racing Santander wideman.
Liverpool also agreed an £11.5million deal with Ajax to sign Netherlands Under-21 international Ryan Babel on Thursday.
Reds boss Rafael Benitez believes Benayoun will become a fans' favourite on Merseyside after 'stepping up a level' from his time with the Hammers.
"I first saw him play for Racing Santander in La Liga when he was a really good player, but when he first came to England we were watching to be sure he could adapt to a different style of football," the Spaniard told the club's official website.
"It's clear he's done this very well at West Ham. Liverpool fans will remember how he played in the FA Cup final against us when he was outstanding.
"We thought then this was a player who is capable of stepping up to a higher level.
"He was offered a big new contract at West Ham and received offers from a lot of other clubs offering him more money, but Yossi's message was always the same.
"He said he was desperate to only join Liverpool because this was his dream.
"When you have quality players with his ability showing so much passion to play for your club, it's really good for the team."
Benayoun made 72 appearances for the Hammers after moving to Upton Park from Spain two years ago.