'He Tortured Rangers' - Exclusive: McAvennie reacts to Ornstein's West Ham transfer reveal
Frank McAvennie is adamant that West Ham need not worry about Said Benrahma’s failed medical.
The Irons legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, pointed to John Hartson’s collapsed move to Rangers in 2000 as evidence of medicals often being too rigorous.
Benrahma’s move to the London Stadium nearly collapsed on deadline-day because of a medical issue, the Algerian winger joining the London club on loan, rather than on a permanent basis, because of the problem.
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The Athletic‘s David Ornstein revealed that the Hammers have an obligation to buy the Brentford winger at the end of the season unless the medical issue “develops into something extreme”.
McAvennie was not concerned by the reported issue and believes David Moyes signed the attacker because he is close to the “finished article”.
“No, no, the medical does not worry me,” he told Football Insider.
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“The rigours they go through now… A classic example is John Hartson. He got a private jet sent to him by Rangers, it picked him up, went up to Glasgow and he failed his medical. He had to get a taxi back to the airport and went for a plane home.
“Then Martin O’Neill signed him and he tortured Rangers for years after that. I do not read too much into medicals.
“I am only annoyed that they brought him in instead of Diangana.
“I do not doubt the talent of Benrahma but only time will tell if he can cut it in the Premier League. David Moyes must think Benrahma is closer to the finished article.
“He has arrived into a buoyant dressing room which can only be good for the boy.”
Hartson missed out on a move to Ibrox in 2000 after he failed his medical.
The striker went on to sign for Ranger’s rivals Celtic in August 2001, scoring 41 goals in 85 appearances.
In other West Ham news, David Moyes has been told to axe 24-year-old and replace him with signing.