By Michael Brown

9th Oct, 2020 | 5:00pm

Pundit Exclusive: I fancy West Ham to sign 25-yr-old from London rivals next week

Michael Brown admits he fancies West Ham to sign Said Benrahma from Brentford before the domestic transfer deadline.

The former Tottenham and Leeds midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the Algeria international would add some real quality to the Hammers’ forward line.

The Evening Standard report that the Irons have targeted the 25-year-old Brentford star as a replacement for Felipe Anderson after the Brazilian moved on loan to Porto.

Bees boss Thomas Frank admitted last week that the Championship club would be open to selling Benrahma “if the price is right”.

Brown admits that defensive reinforcements might be the priority for David Moyes before the domestic window shuts but insists the Brentford star would be a welcome addition in east London.

Asked if West Ham would be better off targeting other areas to strengthen, Brown told Football Insider: “Yeah, but he’s a good player, isn’t he? You’ve got to say that.

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“He’s someone I’d fancy at West Ham by next week, I think he can unlock things, he’s got a bit of quality – I know what you’re saying in that defensively and in those areas they’d want to improve but it takes time.

“It takes a few windows to get the squad you want and that’s ultimately where they’re at.”  

Benrahma scored 17 goals and chipped in with a further 10 assists last season as Brentford made their way to the Championship play-off final.

He missed the Bees’ opening two league games of the new campaign and was only a substitute against Millwall and Preston.

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