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16 October 2020 22:42

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Said Benrahma joins West Ham on initial loan deal from Brentford

Over the course of just two seasons in English football with Brentford, the 25-year-old has established himself as both an entertainer and a difference-maker at Championship level, possessing an influence on matches which West Ham United will now hope to harness in the Premier League. Across 81 league appearances for the Bees, the Algerian has recorded 27 goals and 24 assists, helping them to a ninth-place finish in 2018/19 before shining throughout Thomas Frank's side's run to the 2019/20 Championship Play-Off final. Over the last season, Benrahma was the highest-rated Championship player on respected football analytics website WhoScored.com (rated 7.51 out of 10), ranking first in total dribbles (238), dribbles per game (5.5) and shots per game (3.9), while ranking second in total successful dribbles (132), fifth in key passes (91) and joint-second in short key passes (77). Consistency was at the heart of his performances, with Benrahma missing just three games during the Bees' final campaign at Griffin Park, all-the-while ranking fifth in Championship goals scored (17) and joint-eighth in assists (8). Benrahma's presence on the international stage is also burgeoning; having debuted for Algeria as a 20-year-old against Senegal in October 2015, his Brentford form led to him being named in the squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, only to miss out through injury.

The numbers paint a picture of a man integral to the Championship's highest-scoring outfit last season; during his time at Brentford, Benrahma supplied a goal or assist on average every 119 minutes. And with West Ham manager David Moyes' track record of bringing through talent from the Football League, it is also the kind of form seemingly certain to lend even greater potency to an already-firing Claret and Blue side. While it is out wide on the left where Benrahma has come by most of his plaudits at Brentford, the naturally right-footed attacker is capable of playing across the forward line. With Pablo Fornals, Michail Antonio and Jarrod Bowen having started each of the Irons' opening four Premier League games of the season, such versatility means manager Moyes has an array of interchangeable and instinctively creative options at his disposal. When you consider that West Ham United have scored 22 times in their last eleven Premier League outings alone - or 31 in their last 14 games, including Carabao Cup fixtures - the addition of Benrahma's mercurial talents presents a very exciting prospect for West Ham fans indeed.

SAID BENRAHMA'S £25million deadline day move to West Ham is in jeopardy after he failed a medical. 2 Benrahma's £25m move from Brentford to West Ham could be off after he failed a medical Credit: Getty Images - Getty West Ham are, according to The Mirror, working frantically to find a way to keep the deal alive - and another medical could yet take place. It is believe the Irons learned of the failed medical on Friday morning - ahead of the window shutting at 5pm tonight. The Mirror add that Moyes had pushed ahead with a move for Benrahma following a rumoured falling out with the Bees. West Ham sign £25m Benrahma from Brentford The winger will join the Hammers on a permanent contract after his loan expires at the end of the season West Ham have signed Said Benrahma from in a loan deal that will be made permanent next summer for a reported £25 million ($32m). The Premier League side were initially aiming to sign the Algerian on a permanent basis but issues in the second part of the winger's medical forced a change in the deal. The Hammers are said to be paying £5m ($6m) up front to take the 25-year-old for the rest of the season before he joins on full-time. West Ham is a historic club, which has been in the Premier League for a very long time," Benrahma told the club's website. I play football to enjoy myself first and foremost, but it's always enjoyable to know you're joining the most-watched league in the world, so I'm definitely looking forward to showing what I can do." Benrahma scored 27 times in 83 Championship appearances for Brentford and West Ham manager David Moyes is confident the new signing will strengthen his side's attack. "He is a player who has had a lot of recognition for his performances with Brentford in the Championship," he said. Saïd is an exciting talent with a lot of ability and the right qualities, who will complement the other attacking players we have at the club. "We need to give Saïd some time to settle in, but the step up to the Premier League is one I am confident he will be able to make. WEST HAM have signed Brentford's Said Benrahma on loan for £4million - despite some late deadline day medical drama. 3 Said Benrahma is now a West Ham player after joining from Championship Brentford Credit: Getty Images - Getty 3 Said Benrahma signs for West Ham on loan with an obligation to buy Credit: Getty Images - Getty Benrahma will sign a five-year deal with the Hammers after his season-long loan. The Bees and West Ham filed their paperwork in time to beat the deadline. This is the second time his transfer has looked to be off, after David Moyes reportedly changed tack to go for Bournemouth's Josh King. The Mirror reports boss Moyes had pushed ahead with a move for Benrahma following a rumoured falling out with the Bees. West Ham have completed the signing of Said Benrahma on a season-long loan from Brentford. Earlier on Friday, the deal had been thrown into doubt after it was reported that Benrahma had failed his medical. West Ham have an agreement in place over a permanent move for Benrahma, which the PA news agency understands is a £25million deal with a further £5m in add ons. However, the 25-year-old will not be available for West Ham's Premier League clash against Tottenham on Sunday. Benrahma attracted West Ham manager David Moyes' interest after he scored 17 times for Brentford last season. "I'm very, very happy to be a part of this team," said Benrahma following the announcement. "West Ham is a historic club, which has been in the Premier League for a very long time. We are pleased to announce the signing of Algeria international Saïd Benrahma on loan from Brentford ✍️⚒#WelcomeSaid — West Ham United (@WestHam) October 16, 2020 "It's always enjoyable to know you're joining the most-watched league in the world, so I'm definitely looking forward to showing what I can do." Manager Moyes added: "I'm delighted to welcome Said to West Ham. He is a player who has had a lot of recognition for his performances with Brentford in the Championship. Said is an exciting talent with a lot of ability and the right qualities, who will complement the other attacking players we have at the club. "We need to give Said some time to settle in, but the step up to the Premier League is one I am confident he will be able to make." Moyes self-isolated and worked from home as West Ham secured impressive wins over Wolves and Leicester, but the 57-year-old will be back in charge at White Hart Lane. "I'm all good," said Moyes, his side 10th in the Premier League after four matches.