Sky Sports Are As Helpful As Ever

CHESTER, PA - JULY 25: Thierry Henry #14 of MLS All-Stars handles the ball against Yossi Benayoun #30 of Chelsea during the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game at PPL Park on July 25, 2012 in Chester, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

There's some rumouring going on on the Yossi Benayoun front, powered by Sky Sports. Normally I wouldn't give much attention to a 'Sky Sports understands...' story, because it's roughly equivalent to 'I heard on Twitter that...' but this is a special occasion -- Fulham are apparently interested in taking Yossi Benayoun on loan. Kind of. Maybe.

Benayoun is likely to leave Chelsea this summer as he seems surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.

The Israel international spent last season on loan at Arsenal and the summer arrivals of Eden Hazard, Marko Marin and Oscar have pushed him further down the pecking order in Roberto Di Matteo's plans.

Fulham boss Martin Jol is thought to be an admirer of Benayoun and is considering bringing him to Craven Cottage.

The Cottagers are thought to have enquired about taking the 32-year-old on loan with a view to a permanent move.

Jol is keen to add to his attacking options after losing Danny Murphy earlier this summer and he could move for Benayoun if Chelsea decide to let him move on.

A number of other clubs at home and abroad are thought to be keeping tabs on Benayoun's situation with the former Liverpool man weighing up his options.

Yes, that is the entire article, and no, copying and pasting the whole thing is generally frowned upon in these parts. But I'm doing it to prove a point -- check out how many qualifiers they use in a 148 word piece. I've highlighted them for you.

Count them up. That's six major qualifiers in six sentences. The only thing Sky Sports are definitive about is that Benayoun spent last season on loan and that he's been pushed further down Chelsea's depth chart thanks to the arrivals of Eden Hazard and Marko Marin. That's all the information they're giving.

It's fine to be cautious about something when you're analysing it. It's less fine to be a reporter and write 'I think maybe this could be true' everywhere. Fulham could want Yossi Benayoun, who might be available. WELL THANKS FOR BEING HELPFUL.

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