West Ham prepared to sell £30m star as Moyes closes in on £12.7m signing

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West Ham boss David Moyes watches his side warm-up Credit: PA Images
West Ham boss David Moyes watches his side warm-up Credit: PA Images

West Ham are ready to listen to offers for winger Said Benrahma after they signed two new attacking options, according to reports.

The Hammers have strengthened their attacking ranks this summer with the signings of Maxwell Cornet from Burnley and Sassuolo’s Gianluca Scamacca for a combined £49.5m.

Benrahma didn’t have the best of first seasons in the Premier League, only starting 14 matches, but he was awarded more starts last term and ended the season on eight goals and six assists for David Moyes’ side.

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And the Daily Mail now claim that Moyes is ‘willing to listen to offers’ for the Algeria international – who signed from Brentford for £30m – this summer.

Benrahma was a used substitute in West Ham’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester City at the weekend and the Hammers are ‘hoping to recoup the £30m they forked out for him rather than sell him on the cheap’.

That would give Moyes and his recruitment team some more money to spend this summer and they could be on the verge of another signing.

Turkish SPOR journalist Omer Celikbasli told West Ham Zone that the Hammers have met Fenerbahce’s expectations with their latest bid for defender Attila Szalai.

Celikbasli said: “West Ham made an offer of 9 million euros (£7.6million) to Fenerbahce in the past weeks.

“Fenerbahce did not accept this offer. Fenerbahce wants at least 15 million euros (£12.7million).

“West Ham’s second offer is around the number Fenerbahce wants.”

And West Ham boss Moyes has explained why he thinks West Ham have found it “difficult to be competitive this summer” with numerous bids made.

Moyes said: “If only you knew. It’s been incredible. We’ve made bids for numerous, numerous players. Genuine bids and genuine money and different reasons we’ve not got them.

“They’ve not wanted to come to the club or we’ve not got the financial deal right or we’ve not been able to pay the player and the agent so one way and another we’ve found it difficult to be competitive this summer. Hopefully come the end of the window we’ll have got ourselves in order.

“The difference is we’re trying to be in the top six rather than avoid the bottom six. The level of player you’re looking to buy, what that costs, harder to get, so what we’re trying to do means we’re looking at a much more expensive player, on bigger wages, coming from a higher level, so that’s what we’ve found difficult.”

 

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