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Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 July 2005, 18:00 GMT 19:00 UK
West Ham complete Benayoun swoop
Yossi Benayoun
Benayoun was Racing's top goalscorer last season
West Ham have completed the signing of Israeli international Yossi Benayoun, 24, from Racing Santander for 2.5m.

He signed a four-year contract on Saturday, with the move confirmed when he was granted a work permit on Monday.

"I am absolutely thrilled to be joining such a big club and can't wait to play in the Premiership," he said.

"I know other clubs were interested in me, but I was very impressed when I met the people at West Ham. I also think my qualities suit their style of play."

Boss Alan Pardew revealed his delight at capturing such a creative player for their Premiership campaign.

"We're delighted to have secured the signature of Yossi and I'm sure he'll prove to be a great asset to our squad," said Pardew.

"He's a creative midfield player, who brings an educated discipline to the attack. But he's also a diligent player, who hardly misses a game and has improved year on year in La Liga.

"He's a player with flair, who'll be able to open the door for us when teams sit deep. We needed a player like that and at 24 he is a great signing for the club."


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