According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, there is late interest from Aston Villa in Brentford attacker Said Benrahma.
Reports in recent days had suggested that Villa’s fellow Premier League side West Ham, were all set to seal a £30m deal for the Algeria international, but it has now been claimed that the situation has changed dramatically.
The Daily Mirror’s Darren Lewis revealed that Benrahma’s potential move to the Hammers has “broken down” and “could be off”, with Ornstein reporting earlier in the day that both Villa and Fulham have shown some very late interest.
Ornstein does however add that as things stand, West Ham do remain in the “driving seat” to sign the 25-year-old.
After initially looking like they had missed out on Ollie Watkins’ teammate from last season, Villa have been handed a late boost from out of nowhere in the race to sign Benrahma.
Villa boss Dean Smith knows all about the Algerian from his time at Brentford, and was particularly effusive in his praise of the winger earlier in the summer. He said: “We were fortunate enough to see young Benrahma in the French second division on-loan from Nice. Really liked what I saw – he’s got everything. It takes a while sometimes for people to adapt to a new country, but I was confident he’d make an impact.”
Benrahma has only recently returned to action with Brentford after missing the first few games of the season, and showcased the best of his abilities with a match-winning display against Fulham in the Carabao Cup, netting twice – his only goals of the campaign thus far.
If Villa can secure a deal for the Algerian before the deadline, then it really would cap off the perfect summer for Smith’s side.
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