Benayoun’s QPR move completed subject to a work permit
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QPR have completed the signing of midfielder Yossi Benayoun, subject to a work permit, assistant manager Kevin Bond has confirmed.
Benayoun, 33, has been training with Rangers after being released by Chelsea last summer.
The Israeli international was also the subject of interest from Spanish side Malaga, as well as Championship outfit Leicester City.
But in the wake of QPR’s 0-0 draw against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, Bond confirmed that a deal had been completed for the former Liverpool and Arsenal man.
“We have brought in Yossi Benayoun who is a really clever little footballer,” said Bond. “I believe that the deal has gone through, it’s a work permit situation.”
Bond believes that Benayoun can make an impact in games where QPR might otherwise struggle to break down their opponents, as they did against Blackburn.
Rangers created few chances in the first half, and lacked creativity in the final third of the pitch as the visitors defended resolutely, and Bond admitted it was a frustrating result.
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“We were a little better when Niko [Kranjcar] came on, we played narrower in the holes, and I think Yossi would thrive in those situations as well,” said Bond. “We have a good squad and on another day we would win.
“By and large we have defended well and kept clean sheets, especially at home. But it’s the other side of it, perhaps not creating as much as we would like and scoring as many as we would like. Today would be a case in point.”