Said Benrahma has explained how “small details” almost caused his deadline-day transfer from Brentford to West Ham to collapse.
Reports linked the Algerian with a host of clubs as the domestic transfer window drew to a close. Indeed Aston Villa were reportedly keeping tabs on the 25-year-old.
As revealed by TEAMtalk, though, the Hammers soon emerged as the prime candidates. They entered talks in the final days of the window and while David Moyes’ side got the deal over the line, it came after a frantic last push.
While Moyes rubbished initial reports that Benrahma had failed his medical, the winger has now revealed that he was indeed close to missing out on his transfer.
“No, everything is very good,” the attacker told Telefoot Chaine about his medical.
“It was just details that needed sorting out. Some results hadn’t come through yet. It was either we waited and I didn’t sign or it gets done quickly.
“That was it, small details, but my health is very, very good.”
Benrahma joins a West Ham attack that has flourished in the early stages of the season. Michail Antonio, Jarrod Bowen and Pablo Fornals have all proven influential in the Hammers’ strong form.
Meanwhile, it was creative force Manuel Lanzini whose sensational strike rescued a point against Tottenham last weekend.
Benrahma says he is “super happy” to have linked up with Moyes and his players.
‘West Ham really wanted me’
“It was hard at first, throughout the transfer window. After that, West Ham really wanted me. It was a long process,” the winger said.
“There were small details that Brentford and West Ham had to sort out, but it got done and I’m super happy.
“It took time, but it’s over now. I’m 100 per cent at West Ham.”
Benrahma did not sign in time last Friday to be able to play against Tottenham.
However he could play a part as the Hammers host Manchester City on Saturday.