'Just look at Watkins' - Exclusive: Whelan drops £30m West Ham transfer claim after reveal
Noel Whelan insists Said Benrahma warrants his £30million price tag after West Ham agreed a transfer package with Brentford for the attacker.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Leeds United striker pointed to Ollie Watkins’ early success at Aston Villa to suggest that it would be “money well spent” by the Irons.
Sky Sports reported yesterday that the Hammers had agreed a £30million deal including add-ons for Brentford the winger.
Benrahma was one of the Championship’s standout performers in the 2019/20 campaign and his 46 appearances yielded an impressive 17 goals and 10 assists.
He produced an eye-catching display in the EFL Cup earlier this month, scoring twice against Premier League Fulham as the Bees booked their place in the quarter-finals.
When asked by Football Insider if the Hammers were about to pay over the odds for the Algeria international, Whelan said:
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“That is money well spent if they can get him in for £30million.
“You just have to look at Ollie Watkins, he was unproven in the Premier League a couple of weeks ago.
“That front three Brentford had were desirable commodities. West Ham knew it would be around the £25-30million mark. If you look at the quality they had it makes sense. They had the best front three in the Championship.
“I think it is money well spent. £30million is not really a lot in this day and age. He can create, score, hit a dead ball and track back. This would be clever business by West Ham.”
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