As they look to strengthen their team further for the 2020/21 campaign, West Ham United have officially confirmed the signing of Said Benrahma on a season-long loan deal from Championship club Brentford.
It was formerly reported to be a permanent deal, but due to complications in the 25-year-old winger’s medical the Hammers opted to discuss the terms once again. The Hammers have been reported to have paid £4 million to Brentford for signing Benrahma on loan with an option to make the deal permanent at the end of the campaign for a fee reported to be £21 million, along with a £5m add-ons.
This late agreement could for West Ham to verify or make further tests on the problem that was revealed in his medical.
Hammers manager David Moyes, in his pre-match conference, was resolute in his claims of the 25-year-old attacker not failing his medicals.
After being confirmed as a West Ham player, Benrahma said to the club’s website: “I’m very, very happy to be a part of this team. West Ham is a historic club, which has been in the Premier League for a very long time. It included and still includes good players. It’s a massive club in England.
“I spoke to the manager, so I know exactly what he expects from me. I’ll try to meet his expectations on the pitch because he’s put faith in me and hopefully I can give it back on the pitch.
“I like this prospect [of playing in the Premier League]! I play football to enjoy myself first and foremost, but it’s always enjoyable to know you’re joining the most-watched league in the world, so I’m definitely looking forward to showing what I can do.”
The 25-year-old playmaker officially became David Moyes’s fourth new arrival to the London Stadium this summer transfer window, having signed Czech defender Vladimir Coufal, English defender Craig Dawson and Tomas Soucek, with onlinetradings.co.za fans can check out all trading going out or in.
According to Sky Sports, one of the reasons and the cause of a stumbling block in the transfer deal was a loyalty bonus that should be paid to Benrahma upon parting ways with the Championship club.
Although this was not included in his contract, the Algeria international asked the club to give some cash to the support staff that helped him in his development during his time at Brentford. And the report further claims that over 100 staff will be receiving this bonus.
The 25-year-old attacker was able to score 17 goals and created 10 assists in 46 appearances for Brentford last season helping them finish third on the EFL Championship table with only two points away from second place. Brentford was ultimately denied a promotion to the Premier League in the play-off final after succumbing to a 2-1 defeat to Fulham.
Benrahma, who moved to Griffin Park from French club Nice in 2018, has been able to bag 30 goals and 27 assists in 94 appearances for Brentford in all competitions since his arrival.