Harry Redknapp: I almost signed Yossi Benayoun at Tottenham

Harry Redknapp reveals he almost signed Yossi Benayoun at Tottenham after bringing the free agent to QPR on Tuesday

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles
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Harry Redknapp left Spurs before taking over at QPR last year Photo: The Sport Review

Harry Redknapp has revealed he almost signed Yossi Benayoun during his spell in charge of Tottenham Hotspur after luring the free agent to Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday.

The 33 year-old, who has impressed whilst on trial in recent weeks, has put pen to paper on a deal until the end of the season in W12.

I think he will be a fantastic addition to the squad

Harry Redknapp on Yossi Benayoun

The Israel international has previously played for Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea, and was part of the Blues’ Europa League-winning squad last season.

And Redknapp believes the addition of Benayoun to the R’s ranks will provide his squad with another “quality” attacking option.

“Yossi is a good footballer, a top-class player,” said Redknapp.

“He’s got great ability and is someone I have always liked. I actually tried to take him to Tottenham at one time.

“I think he will be a fantastic addition to the squad.

“We have got a lot of fixtures coming up over the Christmas period and in the New Year, so we are going to need a good squad of quality players for
that.”

Benayoun, who could be in line to make his debut against Blackpool this weekend, added: “I am delighted everything is done and am very pleased to join QPR.

“I have been training here for two weeks and now I can’t wait to get involved and help the team.

“The manager was a very big factor for me. He showed me from the beginning that he really wanted me, and he is someone I have always wanted to play for so I am very happy.

“I have played in the Premier League for the last eight years and I enjoy England very much. The Championship is also a great league and I am looking forward to playing in it and helping QPR build on a great start to the season.”

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