David Gold and David Sullivan are set to land David Moyes a superstar in Said Benrahma amid reports West Ham United are close to agreeing on terms with Brentford.
According to Sky Sports, West Ham are close to finalising a deal with Brentford for their star forward Benrahma to move to the London Stadium.
Negotiations between the two sides are thought to have reached an advanced stage, after Moyes urged the Irons to land a forward option to replace Felipe Anderson following the Brazilian securing a one-season loan with Portuguese giants FC Porto on Deadline Day.
The deal to bring Benrahma to east London is expected to be worth up to £30million should all add-on clauses be fulfilled, while the base amount paid to Brentford is unclear with reports by The Telegraph suggesting he will cost around £17m yet the Daily Mail claim the figure to be £18m.
Benrahma, who is currently on international duty with Algeria – which could make completing a medical challenging, has also been a target for Crystal Palace this summer after striking 17 goals and penning 10 assists across all competitions last season.
Brentford signed the 25-year-old from OGC Nice in 2018 and have seen Benrahma score 30 times and record 27 assists for the club, including two goals in this year’s Carabao Cup but is yet to get off the mark in the Championship after just 39 minutes from two appearances.
West Ham had opened talks with AFC Bournemouth in the hope of luring Joshua King to the London Stadium during the final week of the EFL transfer window, in a deal which could have signalled real intent given the Norway international’s form in the Premier League. However, The Telegraph suggest negotiations have stalled, leaving Benrahma as the prime candidate to improve Moyes’ squad before the October 16 shut off.
For all of King’s quality shown on the south coast since the Cherries were promoted to the top-flight, the 28-year-old would not have been the better option to Benrahma if both options were still on the table and West Ham are right to push on in their efforts to land the Brentford star.
Benrahma has lit up the Championship ever since his arrival in England with back-to-back campaigns featuring 10 or more goals on a rising scale, but also displayed creativity in his vast number of assists that took Brentford to the Play-Off Final last season.
The Algerian was scarcely afraid to try his luck, either, with SofaScore data showing an average of 2.9 shots per league game in 2019/20, while only wasting four big chances to score and creating four strong opportunities that his teammates could not convert.
He further made 3.1 successful dribbles a game, won 5.4 ground duels, registered 1.1 tackles and was fouled 1.3 times – showing that opposite sides were often forced into giving away free-kicks in order to stop Benrahma presenting a threat.
A deal worth up to £30m will make Benrahma one of the most expensive players to depart the Championship this summer, but his highlight reel from the division should transfer to the London Stadium once the pen is put to paper.