West Ham United would beat Leeds United to the signing of Said Benrahma if he decides to leave Brentford this summer.
That’s according to former Leeds star Danny Mills.
West Ham have been heavily linked with a move for Bees playmaker Benrahma and QPR star Eberechi Eze.
West Ham back-up Benrahma is Leeds priority
Reliable insider ExWHUemployee claimed West Ham will move for Benrahma if they cannot get a deal done for Eze (The West Ham Way podcast (Wednesday July 29th).
But Leeds might have something to say about that.
Marcelo Bielsa has compiled a list of transfer targets he believes will help cement Leeds’s place in the top flight next season.
And the likes of The Sun claim Bielsa has made Benrahma a top priority for the Elland Road side.
Former Leeds man Mills has suggested West Ham would win that particular race, though.
Established West Ham would be tempting for Benrahma says ex Leeds man
The ex defender turned pundit told Football Insider that Benrahma could be tempted by overtures from West Ham as they are an established Premier League side.
“Even if Brentford get promoted, clubs will come knocking and asking questions,” Mills told Football Insider.
“As a player he will be contemplating whether he would rather go to an established Premier League side. Staying could be a gamble, they might have a season like Sheffield United or it might be backs against the wall.
“If you are West Ham, you are still going to knock on the door and ask the questions, whether Brentford are promoted or not.”
That would also rule out Mills’s old club Leeds given they have just returned to the top flight after 16 years away.
Whether either club has the financial clout to make a deal for the £25million rated Benrahma happen remains to be seen.
West Ham are pleading poverty due to the global health crisis (Claret & Hugh).
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Leeds will not have been immune to the financial impact of the crisis. But the boost of an extra £120million in TV income could give Bielsa more wiggle room.
If Brentford are not promoted when they take on Fulham in tomorrow night’s play-off final then it is almost certain they will have to sell stars like Benrahma and Ollie Watkins, particularly with a new stadium to pay for.
A straight shoot out between West Ham and Leeds for Benrahma could also be swayed in the Hammers’s favour by the Algerian’s agent.
West Ham co-owner David Sullivan uses Will Salthouse as his preferred agent. Salthouse is close with Sullivan’s sons Dave and Jack and the Hammers already have several of the agent’s clients on their books including Michail Antonio.