Sunday, 11 October 2020

West Ham keen on Saïd Benrahma after £13m bid for Joshua King is rejected


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  • Brentford demand at least £25m for Algerian winger
  • Bournemouth have also rejected €7m bid for King from Torino

 

West Ham are set to intensify their efforts to sign Brentford’s Saïd Benrahma after having a £13m bid for Joshua King rejected by Bournemouth. David Moyes is keen to strengthen his attack but Brentford will demand at least £25m for Benrahma, one of the standout performers in the Championship last season.

King, who is out of contract next summer, is keen to return to the Premier League and has attracted interest from Aston Villa, Brighton and West Brom, who are also pushing to sign a striker before Friday’s transfer deadline for deals between the top flight and the English Football League. Bournemouth are thought to want in excess of £17m for the forward.

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Last week Bournemouth rejected a €7m (£6.35m) bid from Serie A side Torino for King. He is understood to be keen to play as a No 9, as opposed to operating as a wide forward, a role he has previously excelled in at Bournemouth.

King, who came off the bench in Norway’s Euro 2020 play-off qualifier against Serbia in midweek, has played just 23 minutes in the Championship for Bournemouth. He is one of the club’s highest earners but a wage reduction clause was activated following relegation.

Brentford are open to selling Benrahma, who scored 17 goals as they reached the Championship play-off final last season, providing suitors meet a valuation north of £25m. Brentford will likely point towards Ollie Watkins, who joined Aston Villa last month for a club-record £28m, plus add-ons, as a benchmark in terms of the Algeria winger’s asking price. They also rejected numerous bids worth around £10m from Arsenal for the goalkeeper David Raya, who has since signed a new four-year contract.

The Guardian


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