West Ham United have set their sights on Brentford forward Said Benrahma.
With the Hammers said to have agreed a fee reaching £18m with West Bromwich Albion for highly-rated 22-year-old Grady Diangana, David Moyes is understood to be targeting Brentford’s Benrahma as a replacement.
The move to take Diangana to West Brom, where he spent last season on loan, has been met with a mixed reaction from Irons fans, with many feeling the England U21 international deserved more of a chance at the London Stadium.
That said, few Hammers will be disappointed at the prospect of the arrival of the Bees’ Said Benrahma, who like Diangana shone in the Championship last season.
The West London club ultimately came up short in their attempt to reach the Premier League, but nevertheless there are plenty of suitors for their star assets, including the 25-year-old.
With 17 strikes in all competitions for Brentford last season, Benrahma is hot property, with West Ham reportedly set to battle it out with Aston Villa and Crystal Palace for the Algerian’s signature.
Brentford are all too aware of striker’s importance and have set a lofty price tag of £25m for the player, some reports suggest.
In a transfer market expected to be erratic due to the nature of football finance right now, that fee seems a big risk to take on a player who has never played Premier League football.
However, West Ham haven’t been afraid to splash big cash in recent years, and also have a penchant for flair players – Benrahma fits that description nicely.