Crystal Palace are set to win the race to sign Brentford ace Said Benrahma after West Ham dropped their interest in the Algerian according to a report from the Daily Mail.

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The Hammers sold Grady Diangana to West Brom recently for £20 million. And that’s how much it will cost to sign Benrahma (Daily Mail).

We do seem fairly short in the left wing department.

Felipe Anderson is our only natural left sided winger. Pablo Fornals has been played there recently, but it really isn’t the Spaniard’s natural position and Jarrod Bowen, Andriy Yarmolenko and Robert Snodgrass are all better suited on the right.

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Said Benrahma (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

So Benrahma would surely have been a sensible addition for West Ham.

But Crystal Palace now lead the race for the 25-year-old according to a report from the Daily Mail. That’s after the Hammers allegedly dropped their interest in signing the Brentford ace.

Mistake from West Ham?

Sure, we need defenders first and foremost. That should absolutely be David Moyes’s priority.


But bringing Benrahma to the London Stadium would have been the kind of signing to get the West Ham fans really excited.

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Said Benrahma (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

The Algeria international racked up an incredible 17 goals and nine assists in 45 league games for the Bees last season (Who Scored).

In those outings, he averaged 3.9 shots, 2.2 key passes and three dribbles per game (Who Scored).

It seems as though we are set to miss out to Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace yet again, however. The Eagles have already trumped the Hammers once this summer by bringing Eberechi Eze to Selhurst Park.

Another one bites the dust as they say eh?

There are still around three weeks remaining before the transfer window slams shut, however. So let’s not judge Moyes or the board before then. A lot can still happen.

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