The initial £20million fee West Ham have paid Brentford for the permanent services of Said Benrahma represents a good deal.
That is the view of former England and Manchester City defender Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the Irons confirmed the Algeria international’s loan deal had been made permanent.
BBC Sport report West Ham paid the Bees a £5million loan fee in October with an obligation to make the deal permanent for £20million at the end of the season with a potential further £5million in add-ons.
We are pleased to confirm Saïd Benrahma has completed his permanent transfer to the Club! ✍️
— West Ham United (@WestHam) January 29, 2021
It paves the way for Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard to join the club on loan with Premier League sides only allowed two domestic loanees.
Asked by Football Insider whether Benrahma’s performances for West Ham warrant his price tag, Mills said: “It’s quite cheap really.
“It’s not really expensive in terms of fees in this day and age.
“David Moyes has done what David Moyes does he gets the best out of players.
“Declan Rice and Thomas Soucek have been superb. Rice as the holding player and Soucek scoring goals has been superb this season.
“Jarrod Bowen is really starting to settle in now, really starting to impress.
“Benrahma’s in that attacking, number 10 role with Pablo Fornals off the left. Lingard could slot into that with Antonio up front.
“David Moyes has put a really good side together now. They will be there or thereabouts for top eight, top six come the end of the season.”
After two assists in his first three games for West Ham, Benrahma has not provided a goal contribution since.
Moyes said of the Algeria international’s start to life in east London: “I always liked his goals and assists, but I think what we’ve found is he’s become a really hard-working team player for us, which we really like. There’s a lot more to come from him.”