WEST HAM are closing in on a £17million transfer for Brentford star Said Benrahma after agreeing personal terms, according to reports.
And the Algerian’s wage demands are not expected to be an issue in any deal this time around.
West Ham launched a £17m-plus bid for Brentford winger Said BenrahmaCredit: Reuters
The Bees wide man, 25, has been linked with a move to the Premier League throughout the summer following their failure to win promotion last season.
According to 90min.com, the Hammers submitted a £17m-plus-add-ons offer to the West London club on Friday night.
And Italian journalist Nicolo Schira reckons talks are continuing between the two clubs while personal terms with the player are already sorted over a five-year contract.
Brentford value the winger at around £25m and are yet to accept the offer with just days to go until the transfer deadline.
Although the international window closed last Monday, Premier League clubs can do business with the EFL up until 5pm on Friday.
And that could give West Ham time to secure a deal.
Benrahma was linked with the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal earlier in the summer before Crystal Palace emerged as favourites to land him.
However, SunSport revealed the ex-Nice forward may have priced himself out of a move with his £16million contract demands, wanting at least £60,000 per week on a five-year deal.
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Benrahma, who is seeing former team-mate Ollie Watkins banging in the goals for Aston Villa, missed the first five games of the new season but came off the bench in the Championship clashes with Millwall and Preston.
In the Carabao Cup, however, his double against Fulham set up a quarter-final with Newcastle.
West Ham have begun the season strongly with Michail Antonio, Jarrod Bowen and Pablo Fornals all hitting early form.
But allowing Felipe Anderson out on loan to Porto and the controversial sale of Grady Diangana to West Brom mean there is scope for an extra attacker to bolster the squad and Benrahma fits the bill.
Source: Soccer - thesun.co.uk