West Ham United’s deal for Brentford star Said Benrahma is on the verge of collapse, if recent reports are to be believed, which has paved the way for Crystal Palace to make a move…
According to The Daily Mirror, the Hammers have turned their attentions to signing Bournemouth striker Josh King instead. It’s claimed that Benrahma has fallen out with the Bees over ‘broken promises’.
And Sky Sports have reported that Palace also remain interested in the Algerian international, who has won four caps for his country so far. Premier League clubs have until October 16th to sign professional footballers from the EFL.
Benhrama has been one of the best players in the Championship but he is still yet to prove himself at the highest level. The 25-year-old made 46 appearances in the second division last season, and scored 17 goals and supplied 9 assists, whilst he averaged 3.8 shots, 3 dribbles and 2.1 key passes per game, via WhoScored.
However, Palace’s interest isn’t anything new. In fact, the Eagles have been pursuing him all summer, and have even come close to signing him on several occasions so far, despite his reservations about a move to Selhurst Park.
Much has been made of Wilfried Zaha’s long running transfer saga which seems to have shown no signs of stopping anytime soon. Roy Hodgson admitted he did not want to receive any late bids for the Ivory Coast international on deadline day. And the Eagles have kept hold of their star man and prized asset, for the time being at least.
Sky Sports pundit Lee Hendrie insisted Benrahma is an “outstanding” player who possesses the quality to play in the Premier League.
Zaha has continued to be linked with a move away from Selhurst Park over the past few seasons. Indeed, both Borussia Dortmund and Everton have expressed a longstanding interest in the Palace playmaker. However, a move has failed to materialise so far. But Palace should still cover their tracks by signing Benrahma instead.
The Algerian, who has predominantly played as a left attacking midfielder so far, can also be deployed on the right flank. Even in the event a transfer doesn’t work out as well as planned, they would still be able to sell him for a reasonable profit. Get it done, Parish.
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