West Ham news: Noel Whelan reacts to Said Benrahma signing

By Noel Whelan

20th Oct, 2020 | 3:53pm

Exclusive: Pundit cites failed Leeds medical after West Ham signing completed

West Ham have taken a necessary risk by signing Brentford attacker Said Benrahma, according to Noel Whelan.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds United and Coventry striker delivered his verdict after the attacker’s deadline day move almost collapsed due to an issue with his medical.

The Mirror reported on Friday that the deal was in jeopardy after a problem with his blood test.

Eventually the deal was restructured with Algerian international initially heading to east London on a season-long deal.

West Ham have paid Brentford a £5million loan fee and will pay them a further £25million at the end of the season to make the deal permanent.

“There were certain things in his medical that came to light that they were a bit worried about,” Whelan told Football Insider.

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“It obviously doesn’t worry Said Benrahma because the performances that he’d been putting in were worthy of that move and he’s not had any injuries, there have not been any setbacks over the period of time, he’s been playing.

“It’s something they were just wary about but it didn’t stop the move.

“They’ve got him on loan for £5million then another £25million at the end of the season.

“You’ve seen medicals go wrong like at Leeds United where they weren’t willing to take that risk.

“West Ham needed to take that risk. They needed a player like that in their squad. It’s just something they had to be cautious about.

“The deal is done, they’ve got a very good creative, attacking midfielder who I have no doubt will strengthen their side.”

Benrahma missed just three league games for Brentford last season as they reached the Championship play-off final.

In the regular season, the 25-year-old scored 17 goals and provided nine assists in 43 games.

In other news, West Ham will face a transfer sight after a big January reveal.