Toon join ex-Liverpool playmaker chase - reports

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Newcastle United are the latest club to be linked with a move for Chelsea playmaker Yossi Benayoun.

The Israeli international is heading for a Stamford Bridge exit this summer, with a host of clubs across Europe thought to be keen on the player with less than 36 hours remaining in the transfer window.

"Negotiating with several team (sic) soon," said the player on his Twitter account yesterday.

Newcastle United are the latest team to be linked with a move for the player, with reports in The Independent claiming Alan Pardew has taken an interest in the 31-year-old.

The Magpies are set for a busy final few days in the window this summer, with Inter Milan full-back Davide Santon tipped to move to St. James' Park and a striker also thought to be on the Newcastle United radar.

"At this time, there is no possibility that Santon can join Roma because right now the aim is Newcastle," agent Claudio Vigorelli told Corriere dello Sport.

Liverpool are also thought to be keen on taking their former player back to Anfield this summer, whilst French club Lille have also enquired about the midfielder.


The former Maccabi Haifa star joined the Reds in 2007, and went on to make 92 Barclays Premier League appearances on Merseyside before leaving Liverpool for Chelsea the day after Roy Hodgson's arrival.

With first team opportunities hard to come by with the Blues, a west London exit appears imminent, with BBC reports claiming Andre Villas-Boas has even offered the player to Liverpool as part of a deal for Raul Meireles.

Newcastle United are yet to make a counter offer in their attempts to bring the player to the Toon.

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