According to a report from the Mirror, Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa rates Brentford winger Said Benrahma ‘very highly’ and is weighing up a £25 million swoop for the Algerian. So do West Ham stick or twist?
ExWHUemployee recently claimed that the Hammers could move for the Brentford attacker if their attempts to sign Queens Park Rangers ace Eberechi Eze fail.
The problem for David Moyes is that he must sell before he can buy.
So if West Ham are to challenge Leeds for Benrahma’s signature, Moyes must surely move Felipe Anderson on first.
The Brazilian has been incredibly poor this season. He racked up just one goal and only four assists in 25 Premier League games for the Hammers (Transfermarkt).
Benrahma, meanwhile, was in sizzling form for the Bees, with 17 goals and 10 assists to his name in 46 games (Transfermarkt).
The Algeria international was nowhere near his best in Brentford’s play-off final against Fulham on Tuesday night.
But the 24-year-old’s talent is clear and obvious. He would be a truly great addition for West Ham. And Benrahma might just be an upgrade on Anderson.
As things stand, however, it seems more likely that the winger will end up at Elland Road rather than the London Stadium, due to the Hammers’ financial problems.
There is still time for all of that to change, however.
Anderson isn’t a £40 million plus player. He hasn’t got the hunger nor the fight needed to be successful in the Premier League.
And West Ham really should be going all out to recoup as much money as possible for the 27-year-old in order to challenge Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa for Benrahma.