West Ham United ‘should’ complete the expected signing of Said Benrahma before today’s 5pm deadline.

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That’s according to West Ham insider ExWHUemployee this morning.

Many fans expected Benrahma’s signing to be announced yesterday after reports he had agreed terms and taken a medical (Sky Sports).

But no announcement was forthcoming.

There has been a suggestion since that Benrahma’s medical is being continued on deadline day as it reaches squeaky bum time for transfers.

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Squeaky bum time for West Ham fans over Benrahma deal

And that has West Ham fans worried that something may yet go wrong and scupper the move.

Supporters can rest a little easier, though, after Hammers source ExWHUemployee took to Twitter on deadline day morning to offer reassurance.

“The deal should be confirmed today,” ExWHUemployee said.

“Will try to let you know (work permitting) when the announcement is.”

A deal worth up to £30million has reportedly been struck between West Ham and Brentford and personal terms are agreed.

Many supporters are hopeful Benrahma can bring back some of the magic West Ham lost when Dimitri Payet left back in 2017.

 

The impending transfer has drawn criticism from some Hammers fans, though.

The biggest question raised by many West Ham supporters is why. Fans are asking why, when West Ham already had a player of similar ilk to Benrahma in Grady Diangana – ie quick and outrageously skilful – did they sell a homegrown Hammer to only end up paying more for another wing wizard with arguably less experience in the top flight?

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It will be perhaps the most difficult point for West Ham’s board to justify.

West Ham claimed they needed to raise money to buy a top defender or two. In fairness Vladimir Coufal arrived for what looks a bargain £5m to solve the right-back problem.

But the rest of the window was spent trying and failing to find a quality centre back – as David Moyes admitted recently (whufc.com).

Therefore club – rather sensibly for a change – settled on the season-long loan of Craig Dawson from Watford to act as fourth or fifth choice back-up instead. And the suggestion is that West Ham will resume their centre-back search next summer.

Undoubtedly, though, the discovery of a successful new formation and setup also played a part. What was a desperate need for a new centre-back is no longer so acute.

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57 goal involvements in 94 games suggests West Ham are on to a winner

So the gamble to sell Grady did not pay off. But it is done and dusted, West Ham couldn’t turn back. And while it is clearly poor planning and recruitment from West Ham, Diangana’s exit – followed by the loan departure of the desperately out of sorts Felipe Anderson – has left the club short in that position.

Manuel Lanzini is a busted flush too and Jack Wilshere has departed.

So the notion that West Ham don’t “need” Benrahma – off the back of a couple of strong performances of late – is a fallacy.

He can play left and central and will be a quality addition. And every squad needs options.

With 57 goal involvements (30 goals and 27 assists) in the last two seasons, it’s safe to say Benrahma is very much an option West Ham need.

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