Premiership

Avram Grant prepared for bidding war

By James Masters and Simon Griver, October 28, 2010

Avram Grant is ready to spark a capital bidding war by launching a raid for Israel star Itay Shechter.

The Hapoel Tel Aviv striker is being chased by a whole host of clubs including West Ham and London rivals Tottenham.

Shechter is keen to make the move to the Premier League in the New Year following a successful spell with Hapoel.

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Benayoun blasts Israel FA chairman

By Simon Griver, October 22, 2010

Yossi Benayoun, the Israel captain, has publicly criticised Israel FA chairman Avi Luzon for blaming Blackpool's Dekel Keinan for Israel's two recent Euro 2012 qualifying defeats.

His comments came after Luzon blamed Keinan for back-to-back 2-1 defeats against Croatia and Greece. Luzon said: "Keinan ruined both games for us, giving away a goal in each game."

Benayoun said: "I don't think any chairman has the right to criticise any player. His words were not appropriate.

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David Gold backs Avram Grant

By James Masters, October 7, 2010

David Gold has backed Avram Grant to bring an end to West Ham's disastrous start to the season.

The Hammers have managed just one win from their first seven league games and are bottom of the table.

Grant replaced Gianfranco Zola during the summer after impressing co-owner Gold with plans for the future. And Gold is adamant Grant can lift the gloom and lead his team out of trouble, beginning on Saturday against fellow strugglers Wolves.

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Benayoun to have horse treatment for calf injury

By Simon Griver, September 28, 2010

Yossi Benayoun is set to undergo the controversial horse placenta treatment from Serbian physiotherapist Marijana Kovicevic in a bid to be fit for Israel's upcoming vital Euro 2012 qualifiers.

The Chelsea midfielder limped off in the second half of last week's Carling Cup defeat against Newcastle last week after tearing a muscle in his right calf. The initial diagnosis was that he would be out for at least three weeks, missing Israel's home game against Croatia on October 9 and visit to Greece on October 12.

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Keinan pledges a Tangerine dream

By James Masters, September 17, 2010

Dekel Keinan insists he is ready to brush his firm friendship with Chelsea's Yossi Benayoun aside in a bid to inspire Blackpool to a shock victory at Stamford Bridge.

The Tangerines defender, who made the move to the Premier League from Maccabi Haifa during the summer, has played a key role in his side's impressive start to life in the top-flight.

Blackpool face Benayoun's Chelsea on Sunday looking for their third consecutive victory away from Bloomfield Road and Keinan is relishing the chance of taking on his fellow Israel teammate.

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Could Roni be the new rocket?

By Simon Griver, August 19, 2010

Wigan are reportedly weighing up a move for Finland striker Roni Porokara.

The Orebro SK player has also attracted interest from a number of clubs in Germany as well as Maccabi Haifa.

Porokara, 26, would cost around £500,000 and is eager to play in the Premier League. He scored the winner in Finland's victory over Belgium last week.

Dekel Keinan will be available for Blackpool's trip to Arsenal tomorrow after finally signing a two-year deal. As reported, Keinan's work permit was approved last month but due to Ministry of Employment bureaucracy he only received it on Monday.

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Avram Grant: 'at home' at West Ham

By James Masters, August 12, 2010

Avram Grant has revealed that he feels right at home in London's East End ahead of West Ham's opening Premier League game of the season.

The former Israel coach, who replaced Gianfranco Zola at Upton Park last month, begins his reign with a trip to managerless Aston Villa on Saturday.

The Hammers endured a wretched season fighting against relegation last time around but Grant is adamant the feel-good factor surrounding the club has given everyone a newfound confidence.

"Life is very good and I feel as if I have been here at Upton Park for many years," he said.

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Bolton boss Coyle 'pleased with' Tamir Cohen

By James Masters, August 12, 2010

Tamir Cohen has been tipped to take the Premier League by storm after fighting his way back to full fitness.

The Bolton star has been in impressive form during pre-season and has warmed up for Saturday's opener against Fulham by scoring goals for fun.

Cohen was forced to undergo a mi nor operation at the start of the summer after being forced the end of the season with a niggling injury.

But the 26-year-old has already got manager Owen Coyle excited with the Bolton boss expecting great things from the Israel international.

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Chelsea star Yossi Benayoun on why he turned down Ajax

By James Masters, August 12, 2010

Yosssi Benayoun has lifted the lid on his childhood torment after silencing his doubters with a dream move to Chelsea.

As a teenager, Benayoun was fiercely criticised for turning down the chance to join Dutch side Ajax and supposedly throwing away the opportunity of a lifetime.

At just 16, the talented midfielder was already one of the most talked about youngsters in European football and enjoyed a successful trial with the Amsterdam club.

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Ridder hope

July 22, 2010

Wigan midfielder Daniel De Ridder has reiterated his desire to stay in the Premier League. The Dutchman was loaned to Hapoel Tel Aviv for part of last season, helping them win Ligat Ha'al, but having entered the final year of his contract, he hopes to impress manager Roberto Martinez during a four-day training camp in Sweden.

Gai Assulin is undergoing a week-long trial at Blackburn Rovers.

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