By Darren Bent

9th Oct, 2020 | 6:30pm

Imagine him with Antonio - Exclusive: Bent reacts to new West Ham reported swoop

Darren Bent has claimed Brentford forward Said Benrahma could form an eyecatching attacking nucleus at West Ham with Michail Antonio and company.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and England hitman claimed Benrahma could shine as he is “hungry” to play in the Premier League.

The Mirror report that the Hammers are interested in signing the 25-year-old who has also been eyed up by Chelsea, Arsenal and Crystal Palace.

The Hammers have until the end of the domestic window at 5pm on the 16th of October to complete a deal with their London rivals.

Brentford have already sold striker Ollie Watkins to Premier League side Aston Villa after they lost last season’s Championship play-off final to Fulham.

Asked by Football Insider whether West Ham need a player like Benrahma, Bent said: “No they don’t but I guess it’s about getting as many good players through the door that you can.

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“I don’t think they potentially need him at the minute but he’s a good player.

“Felipe Anderson has gone but Lanzini’s still there and Andriy Yarmolenko so can you then have Benrahma there as well?

“Benrahama would be hungry and if you partner him up with Jarod Bowen, Michail Antonio and Sebastien Haller I think they’d have a good nucleus there.”

Benrahma was left out of Brentford’s squad for their first two Championship games this season.

The Algerian international came off the bench in their subsequent two league games and scored two goals as he started in their 3-0 win over Fulham in the Carabao Cup.

He has scored 30 goals and provided 24 assists in 90 games for the Bees across all competitions.

In other West Ham news, Football Insider can REVEAL that Aston Villa are clearing their wage bill as they prepare to fight it out with the Hammers for a marquee signing.