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Benayoun makes West Ham return

1 September 2012 11:27

West Ham United have completed a season-long loan deal for Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun.

The Israel international first joined West Ham in 2005 from Spanish side Racing Santander, helping the club to an FA Cup final in his first season before moving on to Liverpool and then Chelsea.

Benayoun announced the news via his Twitter account: "After a long and busy day I can say I had 3 offers from PL clubs..but not from liverpool or arsenal like some reports.

"But I'm very happy to confirm that I will join on loan to West Ham! Can't wait to start..great club."

The midfielder enjoyed three years at Anfield with Liverpool, where he scored 18 goals in 92 appearances and became an integral part of the Reds' midfield.

Injury hampered his time at Chelsea, but he has now been handed the opportunity to re-vitalise his career as Sam Allardyce's men look to ensure Premier League survival.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 18 +27 45
2 18 +24 42
3 18 +14 35
4 18 +17 32
5 18 +8 31
6 18 +10 30
7 18 +0 30
8 18 +4 28
9 18 -2 25
10 18 -7 23
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16 18 -13 17
17 18 -7 16
18 18 -10 15
19 18 -15 15
20 18 -15 10

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