QPR discuss shorter-term Benayoun deal

QPR boss Harry Redknapp is looking to push through a deal for Yossi Benayoun until the end of the season.

Benayoun, 33, a free agent since leaving Chelsea at the end of last term, has been training with Rangers and would like an 18-month contract.

Redknapp wants to sign him but the club’s board have reservations, mainly because of the Israeli’s age.

QPR manager Harry Redknapp
Redknapp wants a deal for Benayoun.

A compromise may involve a six-month deal with a view to an extension in the summer.

Another option could be a longer contract with a break clause, as was agreed with Richard Dunne when the veteran defender was signed in July.

“We’re trying to do a deal until the end of the season,” Redknapp confirmed.

“Yossi just wants to come here and play – it’s not a financial thing. He’d be a good player for us.”

Having made his name in the Premier League with West Ham, Benayoun was at Liverpool before a £5m move to Chelsea in 2010.

He managed only one league start in a three-year spell with the Blues, during which he was loaned to West Ham and Arsenal.

Benayoun has been offered a deal by Malaga but is eager to remain in London and his representatives have been touting him for a move to Loftus Road for some time.



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