West Ham United hope to conclude the signing of Brentford’s Said Benrahma in the next 24 hours, TEAMtalk understands.
The highly-rated Algerian has been targeted by the Hammers following the closure of the international transfer market at the start of the month.
Brentford star Benrahma though can still move to the Premier League because it is a Championship to Premier League domestic deal.
The transfer looked to be in jeopardy earlier this week over a reported dispute between the attacker and the Bees.
According to the Daily Mirror, the setback wass nothing to do with West Ham. It was an issue of ‘broken promises’ between the player and the Championship club.
Now though TEAMtalk can report that a deal is close to completion.
We understand West Ham will pay an initial £17m with adds-ons taking the deal to around £25m. There will also be a clause inserted that the Hammers will pay Brentford £8m if and when they sell the player in the future. That clause will be relevant, regardless of the price of any future sale.
King pursuit over
It is believed that West Ham’s decision to push through the Benrahma deal will mean they are no longer pursuing Bournemouth’s Josh King.
The Norwegian striker has been a target for a number of Premier League clubs in 2020, including Tottenham and Manchester United.
The Hammers are believed to have turned to King after the Benrahma deal stalled.
Now though West Ham look set to get the player.
Meanwhile, The Telegraph reported that Aston Villa were trying hijack a move for the 25-year-old wideman.
He netted 17 times in 46 games for the Bees last term, providing 10 assists along the way. He also formed part of a front three trio with Ollie Watkins, who has since moved to Villa, and Bryan Mbuemo.
Benrahma has been nursed back into action this season after last season’s late Championship finish.
He scored twice in the 3-0 EFL Cup win over Fulham, and was back to his devastating best.