West Ham’s deal to sign Said Benrahma from Brentford is on the verge of collapse after the winger failed his medical, according to reports.
After several issues including one over loyalty payments, both clubs reached a breakthrough on Thursday.
TEAMtalk understands that the Hammers have reached a deal worth an initial £17 million to sign the Algerian.
But the Daily Mirror now claims that David Moyes’ side are in a race against time to get the deal over the line.
Benrahma has reportedly failed the final stages of his medical, with the issue relating to blood tests.
The blood samples need to be submitted for ‘reinvestigation’ before the 25-year-old can proceed with his medical. But with the domestic transfer window closing at 5pm on Friday, time is running out.
West Ham learned of the development on Friday morning, with a Brentford source not ruling the move out.
The source told the Daily Mirror: “Nothing has been done yet. Conversations are ongoing.”
The latest report comes after claims that Moyes had reservations about signing Benrahma. The Scotsman was not reportedly “bothered” about the deal and had not actively pushed his club to complete the raid.
Indeed Moyes wanted a top centre-back, with former Watford man Craig Dawson not his top target.
West Ham could yet move on
Meanwhile, the Evening Standard reports that the news was a ‘shock’ for the Hammers, who could yet look elsewhere.
Indeed Bournemouth’s Joshua King remains a firm target and he could be in line for a late move.
As of 12pm on Friday, the source says, the Cherries were still awaiting a suitable offer. West Ham did submit a bid of £13million for the Norwegian last week, which Bournemouth rejected.
However Jason Tindall’s side would reportedly accept £15million, with King’s future hanging in the balance.
West Ham have started the season brightly with three wins from four Premier League games.