West Ham must secure Yacine Brahimi’s signature this summer

According to ExWHUemployee, West Ham United have offered a contract to Yacine Brahimi, who will soon be available on a free transfer.

What’s the word, then?

Brahimi enjoyed another successful season with Porto – scoring 13 times and contributing nine assists in 49 appearances in all competitions for the Portuguese giants.

The 45-time Algeria international will see his contract expire at the end of June, however, and he is widely expected to move on in search of pastures new.

Sports Witness recently claimed that reports in Turkey had said that Brahimi wants a £5.3m signing-on fee from his next club.

According to ExWHUemployee, West Ham have offered the attacker a contract, although there is no mention of any potential sweetener in the deal.

In truth, ¬£5.3m would be small change for a player of Brahimi’s ability and the Hammers must do all they can to bring him to the London Stadium this summer.

Why should the Hammers fight hard for Brahimi?

Brahimi has scored 54 times and contributed 43 assists in 215 appearances for Porto since a 2014 arrival from Spanish outfit Granada.

It would probably be fair to say that the Algerian will command fairly sizeable wages but West Ham can hopefully afford to match his demands.

A well-rounded attacker, Brahimi has experienced top-flight football in France, Spain and Portugal, which will stand him in good stead if he moves to the Premier League.

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Pellegrini’s side won their final three matches of the 2018-19 campaign to finish 10th in the table – five points off seventh-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Hammers will need to further improve their squad this summer in order to challenge for the top seven next season but signing Brahimi would be a huge step in the right direction.

To be blunt, the deal is an absolute no-brainer for the capital club.