Chelsea playmaker Yossi Benayoun is flying to Tottenham Hotspur for a medical with the club, according to reports.

Israeli publication ONE claims the national team captain is flying back to England to take a medical at White Hart Lane, with Harry Redknapp hoping to complete the signing ahead of tonight's 11pm deadline.

The player admitted his Stamford Bridge future looked bleak on Twitter earlier in the week, with a handful of clubs across Europe thought to be keen on the 31-year-old's services.

It's Spurs who appear to have won the race for the player though, in a move that is not thought to be linked with a potential Luka Modric move to the Blues.

Benayoun made his name in England with West Ham United, before moving to Liverpool under Rafa Benitez in 2007.

During three years at Anfield, the player made 92 Barclays Premier League appearances, scoring 18 goals for Liverpool.


The former Maccabi Haifa star left the Mersesiders the day after Roy Hodgson's appointment at Liverpool, with Chelsea the beneficiaries of the midfielder's talents.

However, first team opportunities have been limited during his time in west London, and Tottenham Hotspur now appear to be offering the player an escape route in a deal reported to be around £4 million.

In addition, Spurs are reportedly chasing Gary Cahill and Scott Parker as the deadline looms.

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