ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12: Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker, Andrey Arshavin, Gervinho and Yossi Benayoun of Arsenal warm up during a training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League Group match against Borussia Dortmund at London Colney on September 12, 2011 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Benayoun spent last season on loan at Arsenal where, on occasion, he impressed but upon his return to Stamford Bridge, he found new signings Oscar, Marko Marin and Edin Hazard standing in his way. With such an array of talent at his disposal, Roberto Di Matteo is thought to be nonplussed to the idea of losing the Israeli international.
The player himself, too, is believed to be open to the move after a bleak campaign with Arsenal. He's aware that first team opportunities would be far more frequent at Craven Cottage than they ever were in North London or with Chelsea. However, Sky Sports are suggesting no bid has actually been tabled, with Martin Jol merely enquiring as to the possibility of loaning Benayoun with a view to signing him permanently.
Other clubs are said to be interested too, including former club Liverpool.
Meanwhile, another player attracting the gaze of our Ducth manager is Andrei Arshavin who, like Benayoun, has been frozen out of action at his club and was shipped out on loan last season to Zenit St Petersburg.
The Russian club were sufficiently impressed with the midfielder's level of performance and are looking to sign him on a permanent basis but the player himself has reservations about moving his family away from London. This means Fulham hold an upper hand - and Jol is keen to do business with Arsene Wenger putting a measly £1 million price tag on him.
Wages, as always though, will prove a stumbling block. The Russian international would have to take a significant cut on his £80, 000 salary if a deal with Fulham were to go through.
Al-Sadd, of Qatar, are also said to be following him.