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West Ham are on the brink of confirming the arrival of Said Benrahma from Brentford in a deal that could be worth up to £30m. The Algeria international has been made a top transfer target after the loss of Grady Diangana to West Brom and Felipe Anderson to Porto. A medical has been scheduled and a deal could be wrapped up by Wednesday if all goes to plan. Benrahma has caught the attention of many of the Premier League clubs, including Chelsea, Arsenal and Crystal Palace.
West Ham could confirm the signing of Said Benrahma as early as Wednesday after agreeing a fee of up to £30m with Brentford.
A medical has been booked for that day, when he returns from international duty with Algeria.
However, personal terms have yet to be agreed – meaning that a transfer could take a tad longer to get over the line.
But if all goes to plan, the Athletic report that Benrahma should be announced as the newest Hammer on Wednesday.
Why a move can go through in the first place is because the EFL window remains open, compared to the Premier League market – which shut last week.
However, time is of the essence with the EFL window shutting on Friday.
West Ham are anxious to bring in new players after fan uproar after the departure of young talent and academy product Diangana.
Anderson was allowed to leave on loan to Porto after failing to live up to expectations, scoring just one Premier League goal last season.
Thereport that the Hammers have won the race for Benrahma, ahead of their Premier League rivals.
Crystal Palace were in the driving seat earlier in the window, while top-tier new boys Leeds United and Aston Villa were also taking an interest.
But ultimately, West Ham were the nly ones prepared to fork out Brentford’s asking price – £30m.
The Algerian represents a real coup for the east London outfit, with Chelsea and Arsenal also eyeing a potential move at one point this summer.
Benrahma is a tricky customer for defenders and has an explosive combination of pace and skill that has left Championship backlines bamboozled.
Brentford narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League last season with him as one of their top attackers – scoring 17 times.
The Bees have faced a battle keeping hold of most of their squad, with Ollie Watkins already leaving for Aston Villa.
Rice Henry, Bryan Mbeumo and David Raya have also been linked with moves away from Griffin Park.
As for West Ham, David Moyes is still desperate to see a centre-back arrive but time appears to be running out on that front.