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Reports in the British media yesterday again linked English Premier League giant Liverpool with a move for West Ham United's Israeli midfielder, Yossi Benayoun.

"The Israeli international was instrumental in guiding the Hammers to the FA Cup Final last season, and is considered as a key man in manager Alan Pardew's side. The 26-year-old, who can play in the middle or on the right, is believed to have caught the eye of Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez. However, Benayoun signed a long-term deal last summer from Racing Santander and it seems highly unlikely that West Ham would allow the player to leave Upton Park," the Clubcall Web site reported.

"Liverpool are interested in me," the player said yesterday. "Of course, it's very flattering, but there still has not been an official approach."

Benayoun made 34 appearances last season for West Ham, scoring five goals, and was previously linked with a move to Anfield when French coach Gerard Houllier was in charge.

Liverpool was the first English club to offer an Israeli player employment, signing Avi Cohen from Maccabi Tel Aviv in May 1979.