West Ham are still favourites to complete a deal for Brentford’s Said Benrahma but their pursuit of the attacking midfielder may be complicated by late rival Premier League interest.
That’s after The Athletic reporter David Ornstein confirmed that Aston Villa and Fulham have both registered their interest in the playmaker, who could command a fee worth up to £30m.
It was reported this morning that the Hammers had agreed terms with the Bees and they are set to speak to the Algerian, who is currently away with his country, over personal terms before finalising the transfer.
Whether that changes remains to be seen but it shows that talks are at an advanced stage so Villa and Fulham would need to act swiftly if they are to stop West Ham from doing the deal.
Interest in Benrahma is no surprise given the outstanding campaign he had last time out for Brentford. The 25-year-old scored 17 goals and contributed eight assists as they finished third before losing to the Cottagers in the play-off final at Wembley back in August.
Clearly the news that West Ham were tying up a deal for Benrahma has sparked late interest in the player and that’s no surprise really as he is a class act and has been brilliant for the past few years.
For Villa and Fulham, they know they will have to spend up to £30m to meet Brentford’s demands so it’s all up to them.
Either pay the money or move on and despite their interest it would still be a surprise if Benrahma didn’t sign for the Hammers.
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