Report: Benrahma could be on the move

West Ham winger Said Benrahma has emerged as a target for Saudi Pro League clubs

Said Benrahma could be on the move during the January transfer window with Saudi Pro League clubs reportedly on his case. It is understood that the player’s new agent has strong connections with the league and has recently been in in discussions with Hammers boss David Moyes according to the Sun and that a move will be on the cards if  a sensible offer is made.

Benrahma is no longer guaranteed a place in the starting eleven with Lucas Paqueta, James Ward-Prowse, Tomas Soucek and Mohammed Kudus the preferred midfielders along with Jarrod Bowen when the No 20 isn’t being used as an emergency striker. Benrahma’s West Ham future has been under the microscope for some time and despite the club allowing Manu Lanzini to leave in the summer the former Brentford winger has been unable to nail down a place.

Indeed his form has been pretty indifferent and he has been unable to find the net in 19 appearances at Premier League, Europa League, or international level this season. And given that he is very unlikely to push his way past any of the current midfielders it seems  cards that a move to the Saudi League or elsewhere could indeed become a reality for the 28 year old.

It really hasn’t been a great season for Benrahma who  was grabbed by Algeria’s coach who then and squared up to him in scenes during Algeria’s clash with Egypt.


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2 comments on “Report: Benrahma could be on the move

  1. This is one of those where you’ve desperately willed the player to keep improving, but it just doesn’t seem to happen. Whether that’s because of the instructions he received from Moyes, or him as a player, we’ll never know, but it’s such a shame the potential was never quite realised. I can’t see how he’ll improve beyond his current levels at this point, so think it’s best for both parties for him to move on, with our thanks and best wishes.

  2. Totally agree, Buddy. If a game goes by in which he doesn’t try to plant one in the far top corner i think to myself ‘he must be ill’! I see what Martinelli offers Arsenal and think that’s what every team needs out of a left-winger/left inside forward, Doku at City the same. Benni has all the dribbling skills and very little end product, whether that be a pass or shot. Would probably be the best player in the Championship but remains an average Premier League player. Shame, but as you said, unlikely to improve.

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