The Athletic reporter Roshane Thomas has recently provided an update on West Ham United’s pursuit of Brentford attacker Said Benrahma.
In recent days, it has been reported that the Hammers are closing in on the signing of the Championship ace (per The Guardian).
However, despite agreeing a £30m deal with the Bees for the transfer of the Algerian winger, the deal ran into some ‘complications‘ regarding his current club.
In the most recent episode of The Athletic’s U Irons podcast, Thomas discussed the latest regarding West Ham’s swoop to sign Benrahma.
He said: “Obviously, there’s still a few things to iron out. People are still relatively confident that it will get over the line. It’s just typical of West Ham.
“Obviously, I know in this case, it’s not directly our fault. It’s to do with the player and the club still [having] issues to resolve and iron out, but you just sort of laugh thinking, ‘Oh, here we go. It’s going to be difficult for us to sign him now.’
“People are still relatively confident that it’ll get over the line. I reckon he’ll be an exciting player for us should we sign him. He will be, in my opinion, one of our most exciting signings since Dimitri Payet.
“Signing a young player, up and coming. As we all know, he was one of the most exciting players in the Championship last season. So, if he does get over the line, then oh wow, what a signing he’ll be for West Ham.”
TIF Thoughts on Roshane Thomas’ West Ham transfer update on Said Benrahma…
As can be seen in what the journalist had to say, he believes there are still a few things to iron out in the deal to sign Benrahma but he evidently also thinks he will be a great signing if it happens.
Will you be happy if West Ham sign Said Benrahma?
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Last season, the 25-year-old attacker bagged a whopping 17 goals and nine assists in the Championship for Brentford (per WhoScored).
The player also delivered a hugely impressive 7.49/10 average rating in the second tier which made him the Bees’ best-performing player over the duration of the season.
So, it is clear to see why Thomas believes that he would be an impressive signing for David Moyes’ outfit.