Dozy Hammers target fails English test
Published 23:00 28/06/10 By James Nursey
Christian Benitez has flunked his work permit English test for a second time.
Ecuador striker Benitez, 24, is looking for another Premier League club after leaving Birmingham following a season-loan.
West Ham have contacted Benitez’s club Santos Laguna about taking the forward for a season with a view to a permanent deal.
But Mirrorsport exclusively revealed in May that dozy Benitez failed a government required English test.
Rules for migrants mean they must have a recognised qualification for speaking English if they are to remain in the country on a work permit.
And he must now re-sit the test AGAIN this summer if he is to return to the UK after botching the paperwork for a second time.
The hitman, who notched four goals for City, is valued at around £7.5million by his Mexican club.
Hammers’ owner David Sullivan, who took Benitez to St Andrews, is not willing to shell out for the striker.
But Sullivan rates the forward and thinks he may fulfil his potential during a second season on loan in the Premier League.