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Our View: Does Said Benrahma and Ivan Toney swap between West Ham and Brentford make sense for all parties this summer?

Could West Ham United use Said Benrahma to facilitate a move for David Moyes striker target Ivan Toney this summer?

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Benrahma has struggled to establish himself at West Ham under Moyes this season.

That has given rise to speculation and rumour that he could be moved on. Indeed a return to Brentford has been mooted this week (The72).

And West Ham have been heavily linked with Brentford striker Ivan Toney of late (Eurosport).


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Benrahma a bit-part Hammer as Moyes targets Toney

Toney even admitted he is flattered by interest from West Ham when speaking to FourFourTwo last week.

“(The interest) is flattering. But I’m a Brentford player,” Toney told FourFourTwo.

“You read things – but I don’t look too deeply into it. I have to keep doing what I can to get Brentford promoted and then I won’t have to worry about other clubs so-called buying me.”

TEAMtalk claims that Brentford could demand as much as £30 million for Toney.

Although Moyes has banked £20m from the sale of Sebastien Haller in January, West Ham need reinforcements in several key areas.

Especially if they find themselves in Europe.

And the Hammers will want to be able to meet Manchester United’s asking price for Jesse Lingard – who has been sensational since joining West Ham on loan in January.

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Expensive summer beckons for West Ham but money is tight

With central midfield – and possibly defensive – reinforcements needed too it promises to be an expensive summer for West Ham.

So should West Ham use Benrahma in a potential swap deal with Brentford for Toney.

If Moyes gets his way and signs Lingard, Benrahma won’t get much of a look in next season either.

There has been increasing talk in West Ham circles that Benrahma could be sold this summer just six months after the club completed a £25 million deal to make his loan move permanent.

West Ham had initially signed Benrahma on loan for the season with an obligation to buy. And activated that clause early in order to free up a loan spot to be able to sign Jesse Lingard.

Benrahma has endured a largely disappointing debut campaign for West Ham.

While there have been a couple of important assists, Benrahma is yet to score for West Ham.

Moyes has taken taskmaster approach to Benrahma but Algerian feels at his best when he is a free spirit

The former Brentford man has struggled to establish himself under Moyes and on the odd occasion he starts a game, he rarely finishes it.

Moyes has been strict with Benrahma. The Scot has demanded he do more defensively, be more efficient with the ball and warned he must stop trying to force that first goal.

Benrahma said he feels at his best when he is ‘off the leash’ – like at Brentford – in an interview with Gaffer last week.

Moyes was unimpressed with Benrahma and his fellow substitutes in the 3-2 win over Leicester last time out – read the full story here.

Supporters point to claims that Moyes never wanted to sign Benrahma in the first place (Claret & Hugh) as further proof he does not have a future at West Ham.

Indeed Moyes himself has admitted Eberechi Eze was his first choice but the Hammers could not afford the deal at the time (Football London).

In an ideal world West Ham would keep Benrahma and give him a chance to show his talent. He has never had a consistent run in the team under Moyes. But that has been difficult to facilitate given West Ham’s brilliant form.

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Is potential Benrahma-Toney swap deal the best solution for all parties?

So does it make sense, given the financial situation and the need for new signings in other areas, for West Ham to use Benrahma as a substantial makeweight in a deal for Toney.

Much would depend on whether Brentford can get themselves promoted.

If they do then holding onto the man that has scored 28 goals and laid on nine assists in 38 Championship games so far this season would be a priority.

But if they fail to get promoted then a deal could make sense for all concerned.

Benrahma would return to the club where he has produced the best form of his career so far.

Toney would get his big chance to shine on the Premier League stage – and possibly in Europe. And minimal money would have to change hands.

Of course plenty can happen between now and the summer.

And Benrahma may yet have a big say in helping West Ham reach the Champions League.

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