Exclusive: Pundit raves as West Ham complete '2-for-the-price-of-1' deal
The signings of Craig Dawson and Said Benrahma represent a “two-for-the-price-of-one” deal for West Ham, according to Noel Whelan.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds United and Coventry City striker delivered his verdict after the pair arrived on loan from Watford and Brentford respectively.
The Hammers have paid the Bees a £5million loan fee for Benrahma and have an obligation to make the deal permanent for £20million next summer with a potential further £5million in add-ons.
We are pleased to announce the signing of Algeria international Saïd Benrahma on loan from Brentford ✍️⚒#WelcomeSaid
— West Ham United (@WestHam) October 16, 2020
Dawson joined the club last Monday after the Hammers ended their interest in Burnley defender James Tarkowski.
The Clarets wanted £35million for the England international and after having a number of bids rejected, West Ham turned their attention to Dawson.
Asked by Football Insider what he made of their double swoop, Whelan said: “You’ve got two for the price of one haven’t you?
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“You’ve got a very creative midfield player, someone who is attacking, somebody who is going to cause problems, open up the doors for their attacking front three.
“They’ve also brought in a very experienced competitive centre-half who is a leader out there, we’ve seen it many, many times at the heart of the defence.
“That’s what they needed to bolster.
“A bit of British grit at the back and that’s exactly what they’ve brought in.”
Benrahma is unproven in the Premier League but scored 17 goals and provided 10 assists in the Championship last season as Brentford reached the play-off final.
Dawson has played 182 times in the Premier League, including 29 games for Watford last season as they were relegated to the second-tier.