West Ham’s hopes of signing Said Benrahma are still alive, with the forward set to try and push through his transfer upon return from international duty. The 25-year-old is currently away with Algeria but his future will be resolved in a matter of days.
West Ham have already reached a club-to-club agreement with Brentford over a £30million deal for Benrahma.
However, the transfer is in danger of breaking down due to a disagreement between the player and the Bees.
Benrahma has been waiting for a move all summer having hit 17 goals in the Championship last season.
Brentford have always been willing to sell, permitting his £25m valuation was met.
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Now the Hammers are desperate to get the move over the line before Friday’s domestic deadline.
According to the Evening Standard, Benrahma is set to try and push through his move to the Olympic Stadium upon return from international duty.
He will play for Algeria tonight in a friendly against Mexico in Holland before returning to England, where he will demand his move to the Premier League.
Benrahma allegedly believes he is entitled to a 15 per cent loyalty payment from Brentford, something he is yet to have received.
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Should the issue be resolved, Benrahma looks set to join West Ham before the weekend.
Aston Villa, Fulham and Crystal Palace have all being tracking the mercurial talent, who David Moyes sees as the perfect replacement for Felipe Anderson, who joined Porto on loan last week.
West Ham are expected to move again for Joshua King should they be unable to sign Benrahma.
The Irons had an offer of £13m rejected by Bournemouth last week.
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He has just nine months remaining on his current deal but the Cherries are holding out for £17.5m.
Earlier this month, Brentford boss Thomas Frank conceded that his star man could be on the move after netting an impressive brace against Fulham.
The Dane said: “Am I confident he will stay? I’m confident that I would love him to stay, and I would love to have him.
“But I don’t know. Honestly. If the price is right we are open to selling, but if not we will be happy for him to stay.
“Either we are going to get a top price or we are going to keep one of the best players in the Championship. Has he added a few million to his price? 100 per cent!”
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