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The smart money is on Benrahma joining Irons

As a betting man my money would is on the bloke from Brentford becoming an Iron.  I think that’s where the smart money is now heading.

We have three days or less to wait for the outcome to this latest Irons saga and, as is always the way, twists and turns will inevitably emerge – that’s a Hammers given.

But it will come as a surprise to me personally should the club fail to clinch a deal which is now a long way down the road. Clubs and agents don’t get into such intensive talks if it’s not being treated seriously

CandH was told earlier today the Brentford “broken promises” issue, which have been cited as the reason for the hold up in completion, have now been cleared up.

The way any extras are paid by the Irons on top of the basic fee of around £20 million to get the price up to £30 million still has to be sorted.

Josh King hasn’t quite left the building but Benrahma appears to have the edge.

There are stories around this evening that crisis talks will be held tomorrow and that King is being prepared to join.

That’s really not what we are hearing but hey there are no certainties in this game until medical is complete, the player signs on the dotted line and a picture of him wearing a West Ham shirt is published on the club website.

Yes, we need a central striker but the fact that intensive talks have been going on for several days now with Benrahma’s representatives suggests the club are serious about him.

Let’s HOPE so!

At £30 million – after just one very good CHAMPIONSHIP season – it will be a gamble but I’m not sure we would have come this far if it’s not one David Moyes and the board aren’t prepared to take.

We’ll see but I’m now reasonably confident – no more than that – the Algerian will be wearing claret and blue soon

 

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7 comments on “The smart money is on Benrahma joining Irons

  1. Benrahma all day long its a no brainer, king is a no value addition whereas said has speed ,agility,an eye for goal as well as being a workhorse and team player, king wanting more wages than our captain??come on moyes get it done and make the fans happy for a change

  2. 30 millions for a guy that could not even reach starter’s status in Nice and who went Mia in last year’s play-offs. So disheartening…

  3. I’m weary and so beaten at this stage, even signing Messi would be perceived as an anti-climax. Talk about drawn out.
    But regardless of the fact that a striker would be the preferred signing for many, I feel Benrahma is significantly the better signing. As much as I would have loved us to have signed Watkins, it shouldn’t be ignored that Benrahma was the provider of many of those goals and a creative force as a player…. with a workrate.
    Roll on the end of this window, so that we can concentrate on putting those Spuds to the sword and winning games.

  4. The Benrahma v king story is a nice bargaining ploy I think, designed I presume to help us keep the price down. Let it be known we can Only afford one or the other. I wouldn’t be surprised if we end up buying both, or neither. Nothing would be surprise me anymore.

  5. The saddest thing in this whole saga is that if we do end up getting benrahma and King your talking at least 37m in which case we could have agreed the fee and got James Tarkowski which would have been far better business but having said that I’ve no doubt that benrahma will be mustard and let’s face it his more than likely to be Anderson ‘s replacement.

  6. Agree thought too be fair Benrahma has had two very good seasons in Championship he is first under Dean Smith he played RW LW & AN & created more chances then scored he is right at about 30 goals & 27 assist I believe for 2 Championship seasons. Also his fitness he has played all but 2 games last season & pretty much same before so not Injury prone.
    I like King but £18m for him at about to be 29 with 8mo left seems a lot & he wants huge wages, well he really wants European football. I think he also wants to play CF more bc he excels there tho been pushed to wing slot bc Wilson was more Dynamic. In 3 seasons 23 goals in 33 apps as starting CF tho slot a pens through is career too but that’s almost glad his goal tally of 50 when played at CF instead of wings in 150 apps. So if used as CF he could be brilliant but I don’t see him knocking out Antonio right now & Haller really needs chances bc is a decent player & need to bring his value up & confidence. Hopefully he stays & comes good anyway but must in case. Now the Benrahma is more a Moyes type signing on how he wanted to young Hungry players from lower leagues etc but King is more what we know he would really want.
    Either covering at LW would allow Fornals to play CM of needed but Said is more Payet-esque. Any signing is a risk whether have PL experience how many players have we bought with PL exper that don’t work out. But if Said could come up like Bowen we have 2 very good inverted wingers on each side at good age & he would add goals from range another set piece taker, dribble through opposition, more creation & crossing into the box. He wants around £60k from what I’ve read he is own £12k so be basically what we did with Bowen. Like I said all Transfers are a risk if we buy £30m then Said would of likely met some decent add ons & would say it was with it or he could struggle make step up. I don’t think it matters he didnt do great at Nice when he was young. King could do very well too or he could get injured bc does have injury history & end up another £100k a week 3rd choice player. It’s all gamble let’s just hope we win ⚒

  7. My question of either Benrahma or King is why no other clubs have come in for them throughout the longest transfer window there has ever been?

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