Speaking on a recent episode of the HLTCO podcast, Dan Cook discussed West Ham United’s attempts to sign Brentford’s Said Benrahma, and whether or not Crystal Palace could still make a move for the winger.
Following two excellent seasons for Brentford – the first of which came in the 2018/19 season, in which Benrahma scored 10 goals, provided 14 assists and averaged a WhoScored match rating of 7.26 over his 38 Championship appearances, with the second coming last term, in which the winger scored 17 goals, provided nine assists and averaged a WhoScored match rating of 7.49 over his 46 appearances in the Championship and the Championship play-offs – interest has, rather understandably, been high in the £9.45 million-rated 25-year-old over the summer transfer window.
Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and West Ham were all said to be keen on a move for the Algeria international, however, it appeared that the Hammers had won the race for the winger’s signature, reportedly agreeing a fee for Benrahma with Brentford which could have risen to £30 million.
However, the deal appears to have been thrown in significant doubt because of a ‘sticking point’ between the winger and Brentford, although, it is reported that West Ham remain confident of landing the player.
Despite the east London side’s apparent confidence in the deal for Benrahma still going ahead, on a recent episode of the HLTCO podcast, Cook discussed the possibility of Palace tempting the winger to south London.
He said: “I’m not really sure where it leaves [Palace] in the whole topic. He is a player that’s been linked with us on many occasions in the last few weeks, Roy Hodgson has been asked about it in press conferences at least two or three times, and whilst Roy himself has distanced the club from any chance of actually making a bid – and I believe we haven’t actually made a formal bid for Benrahma at any point over the course of this summer – the potential of a deal with West Ham collapsing at the final moment will surely alert ourselves and Aston Villa to the potential for him to make the switch to us instead.”
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From Cook’s comments, it would appear as if he is of the belief that the fact West Ham have, so far, failed to get their deal for Benrahma over the line will indeed have alerted Palace, as well as Villa, that the player could well still be there for the taking.
However, with only a few days remaining until the domestic only transfer window closes on Friday, both Palace and Villa are running out of time if they are to make a move to try and steal the 25-year-old away from West Ham.