Busy day, lots to get through.
First off, despite reports claiming that he may be on his way to Manchester City this winter, it looks as though Yossi Benayoun is staying at Liverpool for the foreseeable future.
The Israeli international has been one of Rafa Benitez’ most consistent performers over the past 12 months, surprising myself and indeed the majority of Liverpool fans in the process. The 29-year old has now scored more than 20 goals since moving to Anfield back in 2007 from West Ham.
Speaking earlier today, Benayoun’s agent, Ronen Kastav had this to say : “It is a great compliment that there is interest from high level teams across Europe, but Yossi is very happy at Liverpool and only in the summer agreed a new four-year contract.”
Meanwhile, Tottenham have today been linked with Portsmouth keeper David James to maintain the record of being linked with the England net-minder in each of the last 35 transfer windows. Spurs boss Harry Redknapp knows first hand what a good keeper James is, having managed him at Pompey, however me thinks James may be a little bit old to be playing for a side like Spurs.
Having said that, I w0uld not be at all surprised to see this move happen during the January transfer window for somewhere near the £1 million mark.
And finally, Juventus and Italy centre-back Fabio Cannavaro has today been cleared of all allegations of doping by the Italian Olympic Committee. The 36-year old failed a random drugs test some time last week, however it was later revealed that the former Real Madrid man had taken medication following a bee-sting.
Cannavaro is clearly pretty annoyed by the whole situation. He had this to say : “You get stung by a bee and then find yourself in the newspaper as if you had been doping. Some newspapers and television channels went too far.”