According to a report from the Express, Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has joined West Ham and Chelsea in the race to sign Brentford winger Said Benrahma. And that will undoubtedly be a real complication for David Moyes and his hopes of bringing the talented star to the London Stadium.
The Algerian has been simply sensational this season, and he is believed to be one of the Hammers primary transfer targets this summer (ExWHUemployee).
And Leeds joining the race to sign the 24-year-old will really complicate matters for David Moyes.
Marcelo Bielsa will undoubtedly be very keen to bolster his attacking ranks at Elland Road this summer.
Moyes, meanwhile, may be prioritising defensive reinforcements. So if Leeds and Chelsea are indeed in the race for Benrahma, West Ham might just concentrate their efforts elsewhere.
The Brentford ace could be available for around £25 million this summer (The Express). But if the Bees gain promotion, that figure will surely increase.
West Ham will not only struggle to match that asking price, but also have trouble fighting off Leeds and Chelsea for the pacy winger’s signature.
Benrahma has racked up an incredible 17 goals and nine assists in 45 league games for the Bees (Who Scored).
In those outings, he has averaged 3.9 shots, 2.2 key passes and three dribbles per game (Who Scored).
David Moyes has limited funds to play with of course. So he must sell players like Felipe Anderson, Manuel Lanzini and Andriy Yarmolenko in order to compete for players like Benrahma.
But even if the Hammers do raise enough cash to bid for Benrahma, Leeds and Chelsea circling the Algerian will be an unwelcome headache for Moyes.