According to a report from 90 Min, Arsenal are lining up a £25 million swoop for alleged West Ham target Said Benrahma.
But let’s be honest, we never really had a chance of signing the talented Algerian did we?
The Sun reported earlier this month that Hammers boss David Moyes wants to bring Benrahma to the London Stadium.
ExWHUemployee then claimed that the 25-year-old Brentford attacker was Moyes’s second choice signing behind Eberechi Eze.
90 min claims that Arsenal are ready to scupper the Hammers’ plans, however. Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is allegedly ready to bring Benrahma to the Emirates for around £25 million.
But did we ever have a chance of signing the Algerian? It is highly doubtful. It is common knowledge that we are skint. West Ham co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan have been pleading poverty for the past couple of months.
And as things stand, there is no way that we would be able to lay out £25 million on Benrahma. Other clubs of similar stature to us seem to have dealt with the financial impact of the global health crisis.
Leeds, Fulham and Crystal Palace have been splashing the cash. We continue to flounder, however. And we have already lost serious ground on some of our closest competitors.
In fairness to Moyes, he will undoubtedly be prioritising the additions of some new defenders rather than attackers this summer.
But still, it would have been nice to at least compete for someone like Benrahma. The Algeria international lit up the Championship last season.
The 25-year-old racked up an incredible 17 goals and nine assists in 45 league games for the Bees (Who Scored).
In those outings, he averaged 3.9 shots, 2.2 key passes and three dribbles per game (Who Scored).
The Brentford ace is clearly well worth £25 million. Unfortunately for us, however, it seems as though Benrahma could be on his way to Arsenal.
And that would be yet another kick in the teeth for David Moyes as he continues to work with one hand tied behind his back.