West Ham have finally completed the signing of Said Benrahma from Brentford on loan ahead of a permanent transfer.
Benrahma emerged as a major target for West Ham ahead of the domestic transfer deadline, but there were complications on the final day of the window for deals between Premier League and EFL clubs.
There were reports that Benrahma had failed a medical, although that was soon denied. However, there was still no sign of an agreement when the deadline passed at 5pm.
Clubs then had two hours to submit any final paperwork – and it appears West Ham have done so for Benrahma in the nick of time.
At 7:30pm, two-and-a-half hours after the transfer window closed, the Hammers announced the signing of the Algerian winger. Benrahma arrives at the London Stadium on loan with an agreement for a permanent transfer.
The 25-year-old was a key part of Brentford’s journey to the Championship play-off final last season, with 17 goals and 10 assists, and will now get his opportunity in the top flight.
He told West Ham’s website: “I’m very, very happy to be a part of this team. West Ham is a historic club, which has been in the Premier League for a very long time. It included and still includes good players. It’s a massive club in England.
“I spoke to the manager, so I know exactly what he expects from me. I’ll try to meet his expectations on the pitch because he’s put faith in me and hopefully I can give it back on the pitch.
“I like this prospect [of playing in the Premier League]! I play football to enjoy myself first and foremost, but it’s always enjoyable to know you’re joining the most-watched league in the world, so I’m definitely looking forward to showing what I can do.”
Moyes confident Benrahma can step up
Benrahma will not be available for West Ham’s game against Tottenham on Sunday because he was not registered in time.
However, over the course of the season, he will be an important addition to David Moyes’ squad. And the manager believes Benrahma has the hunger and determination to succeed.
“I’m delighted to welcome Saïd to West Ham United,” Moyes added. “He is a player who has had a lot of recognition for his performances with Brentford in the Championship. There has been a lot of interest shown in him so we are very pleased that he has decided to join us.
“We have been looking to bring in players who are hungry and determined to progress and get better. Saïd is an exciting talent with a lot of ability and the right qualities, who will complement the other attacking players we have at the Club.
“We need to give Saïd some time to settle in, but the step up to the Premier League is one I am confident he will be able to make. We are really pleased to have him here and looking forward to getting the best out of him.”