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Official: Benrahma is a Hammer

West Ham have officially announced the signing of Algeria international Saïd Benrahma on loan from Brentford.

The attacker joins the Hammers from the EFL Championship club on an initial season-long loan deal, with an agreement to make the transfer permanent.

Said Benrahma told WHUFC.com “I’m very, very happy to be a part of this team,” said the Club’s new No9. “West Ham is a historic club, which has been in the Premier League for a very long time. 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.

“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.”

Manager David Moyes welcomed Benrahma to London Stadium and said he will bring something totally different to an already strong and versatile West Ham squad.

“I’m delighted to welcome Saïd to West Ham United,” he confirmed. “He is a player who has had a lot of recognition for his performances with Brentford in the Championship. 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.”

Benrahma will not be available for Sunday’s trip to Tottenham Hotspur due to his registration being finalised after 12 pm today.

As we explained earlier, the Hammers had originally agreed to sign the player over five and half years but have now renegotiated the deal which will see the Irons initially paying the Championship club a £4 million as a loan fee with an obligation to buy for an additional £21 million subject to certain criteria with a further £4 million of add ons.

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

11 comments on “Official: Benrahma is a Hammer

  1. any news on Josh King?

    • Lol, he’s in his living room watching TV, I think.
      I have a question for the website. You stated Moyes did not want the player and also that he preferred Josh King.
      Presumably you have got this from a leak at the club.
      Do you serve receiving clicks on the website and providing fans with information that the board tries to stop being leaked because it is detrimental to the club or do you put The success of our club first?
      It strikes me that Said seeing the stories you put out there and the players seeing the message is only going to make it more difficult for our club to be successful.
      What are you views on this?
      Personally I love this site and the insider info is very interesting but I would prefer not to know everything if it means more success for the Irons and stops players from other clubs questioning whether they would want to join us.

      • Regardless of readers’ perceptions none of our info came from the board on this Whatever. We give everything we know which is always checked twice. Our view is that we give all we get to our readers

  2. Is a quality signing in all fairness and will bring a lot to the team. Still light up front though, who plays up top if antonion and haller are injured ? Plus the usual left back blindspot, unless we are sticking to the wing back formation

  3. Great news, he looks genuinely pleased to be signing for us – welcome Said! Can’t wait to see him in action. Looking forward to the rest of the season after 3 more points on Sunday. Thanks to all at C & H for keeping us updated throughout … COYI

  4. On loan?
    So the bulk of the Diangana fee is still available (Coufal was only £5mill, and Dawson also on loan).
    Or has it been pocketed?

  5. Good or bad signing, is this really the way to do business? The guy has probably been available since the end of the last season. Even if the deal hinged on players leaving or being loaned out why is it always left so late in the day that there’s a good chance of the transfer not being completed in time or worse still, losing the player to another club.

  6. Good signing. Che this guy can also play CF and Moyes will have worked that out , has a neck like Arnie and the rest is Cottee. If he can go to the Premier level he will be a fantastic signing, work rate et al

  7. Bought or loaned -who cares-he’s a WH player now.
    He just needs a perm and voila-the new M. Salah.

  8. Well it took it to the wire but now that he’s a hammer all the best to him- and to echo another poster thanks to C&H for keeping us updated throughout

    It is also good to see Moyes enthusiastic about the deal

    Let us hope Benrahma proves a star for the hammers

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