'I'm delighted to be here again'

Yossi Benayoun cannot wait to pull on a claret and blue shirt again after re-joining West Ham United.

The Israel captain, who enjoyed two fantastic seasons at the Boleyn Ground between 2005 and 2007, has moved back to east London on loan from Chelsea.

Now 32, the mercurial midfielder is looking forward to showing the Hammers faithful that he has lost none of his old poise, ability and skill.

"Thank you very much to everyone who has welcomed me back," said the No15. "I'm delighted to be here because I've been here before and this is a great club and I just cannot wait to start playing here again.

"I think the deal went through about one minute before the deadline! We had a long day because I had conversations with a lot of teams during the transfer window and a few of them made offers to me.

"West Ham actually came in during the last few hours of the transfer window and, when they did, we tried to seal the deal and I was delighted when we did it."

Benayoun netted eight goals and set up many more in the 72 appearances he made for West Ham before leaving for Liverpool in 2007.

Having enjoyed spells with Chelsea and Arsenal, where he spent last season on loan, the Dimona-born player is looking forward to pulling on a Hammers shirt and showing the same form he displayed during his first spell in the East End.

Benayoun will go away with Israel this week for 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in Azerbaijan and home to Russia before he gets ready to line up alongside the likes of Andy Carroll and Matt Jarvis.

"I think any time is a good time to be at West Ham. When I was here the first time, I really enjoyed it because it's a great club with great people. Hopefully the future will also be bright and we can get some success as well.

"I think it's a bit too soon to say what role I will play. I will go away with Israel and then come back after the international break and start work with my new team-mates.

"We have got a lot of quality in the team and a great manager, so it should be easy for me to fit in."

Benayoun revealed that he could actually have joined forces with Sam Allardyce at Bolton Wanderers seven years ago, but instead chose to join Alan Pardew's Hammers.

"I actually could have signed with Sam at Bolton but in the last minute I went with West Ham, so I know Sam. West Ham is a great team and a great club and I just cannot wait to start."

A popular figure during his first spell with the club, Benayoun is looking forward to showcasing his talents in front of the adoring Boleyn Ground faithful again soon.

As if to illustrate the point, when he and fellow new boy Jarvis were introduced to the crowd before kick-off ahead of Saturday's 3-0 Barclays Premier League over Fulham, the pair received a loud and sustained ovation.

"I hope so. I always had a good relationship with the supporters, even when I came with other teams to play here. They gave me a warm welcome back so I'm sure we'll have a good relationship and hopefully I can give them something back on the pitch and excite them if I can."