West Ham to swoop for £25m Arsenal target after Diangana sale

Date published: Thursday 3rd September 2020 12:48

Said Benrahma

West Ham United are ready to reinvest the money they receive for Grady Diangana into a bid for Said Benrahma, according to reports.

Reports emerged this week that West Ham have accepted a bid from West Brom for Diangana. The winger spent the past season on loan at the Hawthorns, helping them win promotion, and is close to returning on a permanent basis.

West Ham could receive up to £20m for the England Under-21 international. And according to the Evening Standard, they are ready to reinvest that money straight away.

The source claims West Ham want to sign Said Benrahma from Brentford. The Algerian winger was one of the standout players in the Championship last season, before the Bees lost the play-off final.

Brentford now know they face a battle to keep some of their star players, with Benrahma attracting a lot of interest.

Arsenal have been monitoring the 25-year-old and could make a bid, while Aston Villa are also keen. Leeds United were linked earlier in the summer, but their interest seems to have cooled in favour of a move for Rodrigo De Paul.

The Standard say Benrahma is now firmly a target for West Ham. David Moyes wants another option out wide, with Manuel Lanzini and Felipe Anderson allowed to leave if suitable offers come in.

West Ham had been considering a move for QPR’s Eberechi Eze. However, the winger joined London rivals Crystal Palace instead.

Therefore, the Hammers have shifted their attention to Benrahma. Brentford want around £25m for their number 10, but their failure to gain promotion could force them to drop that asking price.

 

West Ham also want Tomiyasu

Moyes also wants to strengthen his defence, and one major target is Bologna’s Takehiro Tomiyasu.

The Japan international impressed last season, showing versatility to play as a full-back or a central defender. He even featured as a holding midfielder on occasion.

Bologna only signed Tomiyasu last summer, but his form in his maiden season in Serie A has increased his value.

West Ham will have to beat off competition from Newcastle for Tomiyasu’s signature. And even if they do, they could still target another centre-back.

Moyes was keen on Shane Duffy, before the Brighton man joined Celtic on loan instead. Therefore, the Hammers will have to look for other options.

 

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