West Ham completed the transfer of the Algeria international for a one-year loan deal from Championship club Brentford.
West Ham finally signed Said Benrahma from Brentford after complex negotiations between the clubs. Subsequently, the one-year loan agreement will become a permanent deal next summer for £25 million.
The Hammers looked to purchase the Algeria international on a permanent basis. However, due to problems in the medical reports, the contract could not go through.
West Ham reportedly paid £5 million upfront fees for Benrahma for the rest of the season. Though, the full amount will concur after the 25-year-old joins later.
Nevertheless, Benrahma will not be able to play against Tottenham this weekend. This is because the paperwork is not completed yet.
“I’m very, very happy to be a part of this team. West Ham is a historic club, which has been in the Premier League for a very long time,” Benrahma told the club’s website.
“It included and still includes good players. It’s a massive club in England.
“I spoke to the manager, so I know exactly what he expects from me. I’ll try to meet his expectations on the pitch because he’s put faith in me. And hopefully, I can give it back on the pitch.
A new dimension to West Ham.
“I like this prospect [of playing in the Premier League]! 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 netted 27 goals in 83 outings in the Championship for Brentford. Moreover, West Ham gaffer David Moyes is sure that the winger will add a new dimension to the team.
“He is a player who has had a lot of recognition. For his performances with Brentford in the Championship,” he said. “There has been a lot of interest shown in him so we are very pleased that he has decided to join us.
“We have been looking to bring in players who are hungry and determined to progress and get better. 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. We are really pleased to have him here and looking forward to getting the best out of him.”