Brentford forward Said Benrahma has failed a medical with West Ham United, according to the Mirror.
It was a deal that West Ham expected to go through today, but reports have now emerged stating that Benrahma has failed a medical and a move to the Premier League is in serious doubt.
Benrahma was set to complete a £25m move across London today, ahead of this evening’s 5pm deadline.
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The Mirror report that West Ham learned the news of Benrahma’s failed medical this morning, but are working on a way to keep the deal for the 25-year-old alive at this late stage of the transfer window.
Benrahma has been used sparingly in the Championship so far this season under Thomas Frank. He’s shown a glimmer of his best in the League Cup, though, scoring a brace in a 3-0 win over Fulham in the previous round.
Last year, the Algerian international spearheaded Brentford’s promotion push alongside Ollie Watkins. He scored 17 goals and registered a further nine assists as the Bees finished in the Championship’s top-six. Ultimately, Frank’s side lost out at Wembley to Fulham.
Developments on Benrahma’s move to West Ham will emerge over the day, as the Hammers look to overcome this setback.
Wow, what a stumbling block for West Ham to overcome now.
This is an issue that doesn’t crop up very often and, on deadline-day, it’s the worst possible time for the Hammers to be looking for a solution.
£25m is a lot of money and they will want everything to be running smoothly for Benrahma. That’s not the case though and where this deal goes from here is anyone’s guess.
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