West Ham United have opted to sign Brentford winger Said Benrahma rather than Bournemouth striker Josh King and are set to sign the Algerian in a £30 million deal, according to The Independent.
The deadline for EFL clubs to make domestic transfers is 5pm this afternoon and it appears that we could see Benrahma secure a Premier League move before then.
The 25-year-old has seemed likely to leave the Bees throughout the summer but the Independent has reported that as we approach the deadline, he is now set to sign for the Hammers.
It is understood that Benrahma will cost the east London club an initial £25 million, with another £5 million owed in potential add-ons.
The report claims that West Ham were also interested in King but have settled on the Brentford winger instead.
The 28-year-old has proven his quality in the top flight over the past few seasons but is running out of time to secure his return with Bournemouth relegated to the Championship last term.
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It appears Benrahma is set to secure his move to the Premier League just before the deadline, with West Ham on the verge of signing him in a £30 million deal.
Losing the winger will be a blow for the Bees’ promotion hopes but it means they will have brought in nearly £60 million in transfer fees this summer, with Ollie Watkins joining Aston Villa, which is a boost for the club.
Brentford have bounced back from losing key forwards in recent years, so it’ll be interesting to see how they fare.
It seems as though this move has ruled the Hammers out of the race for King, meaning the door is open for either Villa or Everton to strike.