The path has been cleared for West Ham United to sign Said Benrahma but now David Moyes is dithering.
The Mirror claimed yesterday that West Ham had a deal agreed with Brentford but it had been jeopardised.
The report stated that Benrahma had fallen out with the Bees hierarchy over ‘broken promises’.
Speculation suggests those broken promises relate to a 15% loyalty payment for Benrahma as the Algerian did not request a move.
The Mirror claims the 25-year-old West Ham target made contact with Brentford co-director of football Phil Giles over the weekend to make his position clear.
Path clear for West Ham to sign Benrahma – insider claims
Now, though, the reported issue between Benrahma and Brentford has been resolved, clearing the path for West Ham to complete the signing.
That’s according to West Ham insiders Claret & Hugh, who are quoting a source close to the deal at Brentford’s end.
But just as the path has cleared for the Hammers to seal the deal, Moyes is dragging his heels.
Claret & Hugh claim the Scot is potentially getting cold feet over pushing through the move for Benrahma and may elect to push again for Bournemouth’s Josh King.
West Ham had a £13m bid for King rejected over the weekend (Sky Sports).
Risky business from dithering Moyes
It is not thought West Ham will land both players.
So Moyes is playing a risky game if he decides to ditch the Benrahma move to try and land King.
He could end up missing out on both.
Considering he has the smallest squad in the Premier League. And throw in the fact missing out on targets has been the theme of West Ham’s transfer window, his dithering could cost the east Londoners dear.
“ClaretandHugh has learned over the last few minutes that Said Benrahma’s way has now benn cleared to move on to West Ham after his issues with Brentford were cleared up earlier today (Tuesday),” Claret & Hugh report.
“The player dubbed the “Algerian Messi” was reported across the media as being unhappy with “broken promises” at the Bees and although details have been withheld, it was those that were stopping his move to West Ham.
“Now, however, a source close to Brentford has revealed to us that the problem has been solved and that the Hammers are in a better position to now make the deal happen which is believed to be in the region of £30 million.”
Algerian Prince or a Norwegian King for Moyes?
C&H reported again that Moyes is ‘more attracted’ to a move for King. And they suggest it is now between Moyes and Sullivan to agree on which player West Ham should sign.
“Ideally, it would be great to get both players but one or the other is far more likely and Moyes and the board now look to have a choice to make,” Claret & Hugh add.
Benrahma arrives back in England from international duty tomorrow with the transfer deadline at 5pm on Friday.
He started for Algeria in a 1-0 friendly win over Nigeria and is set to play against Mexico tonight in Holland.