'That's a lot of money' - Exclusive: Bent reacts to huge West Ham transfer reveal
Darren Bent has urged West Ham to complete the signing of Brentford forward Said Benrahma.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and England striker believes they should “put the price tag out the window” and points to the success of Ollie Watkins to show he could prove to be value for money.
Football Insider revealed today that the 25-year-old is undergoing a medical with the east London club after they agreed a £25million fee with the Bees.
The Algerian has returned to London after featuring for his country in their 2-2 draw with Mexico that was played in Holland.
Asked by Football Insider whether the deal would represent good business for West Ham, Bent said: “Before I would have said they need defenders, but after their last two performances 3-0 and 4-0, you start to think ‘do they really?’
“I still feel like they need some more strength in depth but at the same time, they feel they’re ok.
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“Listen if you can get someone in like a Benrahma who is a top player it would be superb for them.
“You maybe have to go ‘we probably don’t need players in that area of the pitch but if you can get one in Benrahma then you just take it.’
“He’s a top player he’s shown already how good he can be.
“People will go ‘that’s a lot of money, £30million’ but Aston Villa paid £30million for Ollie Watkins and look at the performances he’s put in.
“For me, you’ve got to put the price tag out the window and appreciate that you’re getting a good player through the door.”