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West Ham sign Said Benrahma from Brentford

The Algerian returned from international duty on Tuesday and was given leave from training by the Championship club this morning as he looks to wrap up the switch to the Premier League.

West Ham sign Said Benrahma from Brentford for £30 million www.theafricanstand.com
West Ham set to complete Said Benrahma transfer with Brentford star to undergo medical ahead of £30m move

(African Stand) — Said Benrahma is set to complete his £30million move to West Ham on Thursday with the Brentford winger crossing London for his medical.

The Algerian returned from international duty on Tuesday and was given leave from training by the Championship club this morning as he looks to wrap up the switch to the Premier League.

West Ham, who had been very tight for cash across the window, have now sanctioned a £25million upfront fee for Benrahma, with an extra £5million in add-ons to follow.

There has been interesting too in Bournemouth’s Joshua King who, with less than a year left on his contract, would have been more than £10million cheaper and is understood to have been manager David Moyes’s first choice, though demands around wages and agent fees have made that deal more problematic.

Benrahma, who has played just 39 minutes in the Championship so far this season, scored 17 goals and claimed nine assists across the last campaign, which ended in defeat to Fulham in the play-off final at Wembley. The 25-year-old will become the third new arrival of the transfer window following on from the signing of Vladimir Coufal from Slavia Prague and Craig Dawson’s loan move from relegated Watford.

The deal to land Benrahma will see owners David Sullivan and David Gold fulfill their promise to “entirely” reinvest the funds from the controversial £18million sale of Grady Diangana to West Brom earlier in the window.

While many had expected that investment to be made at the back, with a very public pursuit of Burnley’s James Tarkowski bearing no fruit with Sullivan regarding the fee far too high, money has at least been spent after the West Ham chief’s fears that no new signings would arrive before the close of the window.

Whether Benrahma falls in line with Moyes’s plans, having raised concerns over the imbalance of his squad with too many attacking wide players, remains to be seen.

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