West Ham have officially agreed a fee to sign Brentford winger Said Benrahma, according to Sky Sports.
The clubs have settled on a deal worth up to £30m including add-ons, although the Hammers have yet to agree personal terms with the four-cap Algeria international.
The transfer for Benrahma isn’t expected to be completed until Wednesday (14 October), with a medical scheduled for when the 25-year-old returns from international duty.
If Benrahma agrees personal terms and passes a medical, David Moyes’ side have until the domestic transfer deadline at 5pm on Friday (16 October) to rubber-stamp the move.
Why do West Ham want Benrahma?
Said Benrahma, one-third of Brentford’s terrifying trio ‘BMW’ – alongside Bryan Mbeumo and Ollie Watkins (now at Aston Villa) – scored 17 goals in 43 Championship games last season.
Benrahma nominally plays on the left wing, where he can cut inside on to his stronger right foot, but picks up clever pockets of space behind the striker too.
The skilful former Nice wideman also turned in a virtuoso performance against Premier League Fulham in the EFL Cup fourth round, scoring twice in a 3-0 victory to help the Bees reach the quarter final.
Benrahma will look to fill a gap at West Ham after left-sided attacking midfielder Felipe Anderson went on loan to Porto. Meanwhile, Thomas Frank’s side have new signing Saman Ghoddos and Tariqe Fosu ready to fill the void left by Benrahma.
Further additions in the pipeline
West Ham are said to still be interested in Watford’s Craig Dawson to provide centre-back cover and Bournemouth’s Josh King to provide competition up front.
Norwegian forward King has scored 48 Premier League goals since moving to the Cherries in May 2015 and is in the final year of his contract, meaning Bournemouth are willing to sell for about £18m.
The Guardian also reports Moyes is willing to sanction a move for Dawson, who would be available for about £4m, after missing out on Burnley’s James Tarkowski and Leicester’s new signing Wesley Fofana.