West Ham has completed the signing of Said Benrahma after days of uncertainty over the Brentford star’s future.
The 25-year-old appeared set to move to London Stadium after weeks of speculation, only for reports to emerge of complications with his doctor on Friday.
Benrahma had not failed his physician, but could not offer any guarantees that the agreement would be completed before the 1700 local time deadline, insisted manager David Moyes.
However, the Hammers later confirmed that from Algeria with a permanent agreement obligation they had secured the signing of an international loan.
“West Ham is a historic club that has been in the Premier League for a very long time. It included good players and still includes them. It’s a massive club in England,” said Benrahma through the website of the club.
“I spoke to the manager, so I know exactly what he expects from me. On the pitch, I’m going to try to meet his expectations because he placed faith in me and hopefully I can return it on the pitch.”
“I like this opportunity [to play in the Premier League]! First and foremost, I play football to enjoy myself, but it’s always fun to know that you’re joining the world’s most-watched league, so I’m definitely looking forward to showing you what I can do.”
Benrahma was brilliant for Brentford after signing from Nice in July 2018.
Since making his debut in August two years ago, he’s been directly involved in 54 goals in all competitions (29 goals and 25 assists) which is more than any other Brentford player.
No player can match his 50 goals (27 goals and 23 assists) over the same period in England’s second tier.
He has created 188 goalscoring chances in the Championship since the start of 2018-19, second only to Pablo Hernandez (204).
He also had 233 dribbles completed, 32 more than any other player in the division, with a 48.3 percent success rate.
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