So we finally got a deal for Said Benrahma over the line. The Algerian joined West Ham late last night on a season-long loan and the east London outfit have an obligation to buy him next summer.

In other news…Moyes must be mad – signing £5m man would have made West Ham’s window exceptional

The 25-year-old is a truly exceptional signing. He will undoubtedly be a real hit at the London Stadium.

But has our lengthy pursuit of Benrahma caused us to miss out on other talented players?

The answer to that is yes.

West Ham United Unveil New Signing Said Benrahma

Said Benrahma (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

We desperately needed to bolster our central defensive ranks. Sure, we brought in Craig Dawson from Watford. But that was only on a season-long loan (with no obligation to buy).

So we will face the same problem next year.

Joe Rodon is a player we wanted to sign (Guardian journalist Jacob Steinberg).

Unfortunately for us, the 22-year-old ended up joining our bitter rivals Tottenham instead for around £15 million (Daily Mail).


The Welshman could very well go on to become a truly top class centre-back under Jose Mourinho at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Tottenham Hotspur Unveil New Signing Joe Rodon

Joe Rodon (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

And allowing Spurs to have a free run at Rodon could end up being a huge mistake from David Moyes and co.

The 22-year-old might be a rough diamond but once polished, he will undoubtedly shine bright.


Rodon made 21 Championship appearances for Swansea last season. In those outings, he averaged one tackle, 1.6 interceptions and 5.4 clearances. The four-capped Wales international also won an average of 3.5 aerial duals per match (Who Scored).

The young Welshman is very strong in the air, and is a great read of the game considering his tender years.

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Joe Rodon in action for Wales (Photo by Carl Recine – Pool/Getty Images)

He could have learned a lot at the London Stadium from Angelo Ogbonna. It would have been no surprise if Rodon flourished in east London and evolved into a truly top class centre-back.

£15 million would have represented excellent value for West Ham. And our protracted talks with Benrahma clearly prevented us from making a late swoop for the 22-year-old.

Rodon may well have chosen to join Tottenham instead of us anyway.

But it is a real shame that we didn’t even try on deadline day.

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