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Benrahma left to sweat over future

Said Benrahma has been left to sweat over his future as West Ham move closer to confirming the signing of Maxwel Cornet from Burnley.

The Hammers have agreed to sign the Ivory Coast international, who can play as a left wing-back and as a left winger.

It is more likely he will be playing on the left side of an attacking three, and that has left Benrahma in a position where he could be seen as expendable.

There have been notable doubts over his ability to peak and grow at the London Stadium and there is an understanding that the Hammers would happily move him on if an acceptable bid is tabled this summer.

Indeed, Cornet scored nine goals last season in what was a very poor Burnley team, that ended up being relegated, while Benrahma scored eight times in the league.

He has been a streaky player for the Hammers, with his inconsistency a major concern, and that means he would be moved on if there was concrete interest in him.

That has yet to materialise but there is around a month of the transfer window left, and there remains plenty of time.

With Cornet playing on the left wing, there is also a desire to buy a more defensive-minded left-back.

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A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.