Yaniv Katan : biography
Yaniv Katan ( born January 27, 1981) is an Israeli international footballer who plays professionally for Maccabi Haifa, as a forward and winger.
In December 2005, Katan signed a four-year contract with West Ham United, where he joined up with Israeli international team mate Yossi Benayoun. The transfer, which was officially completed during the January 2006 transfer window, involved a cut-price fee of £100,000, as Katan had only six months left on his Maccabi contract. The pacey centre forward made eight appearances, including six from the bench, for West Ham,
At the end of the 2005–06 season, Yaniv moved back to Maccabi Haifa in a loan deal, with a view to a permanent move, after Alan Pardew reportedly told him he was no longer in his plans. "And [Katan] told newspaper Ha'aretz: 'I am a West Ham player at the moment, and I have a contract with the club for another three seasons, but the manager has told me that I do not figure in his plans. 'So unless something changes and I am told that I can fight for a place on the team, I am finished with West Ham." He returned to Israel and made his loan deal permanent by signing a new four-year deal with Haifa.
Katan is Jewish.
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