£25m star exit would ‘surprise’ at London Stadium

West Ham getting rid of Saïd Benrahma this summer would be a surprise, says Daily Star reporter Paul Brown.

There has been talk of the east London club being open to selling the Algerian winger, but Brown doesn’t think that would be the wisest move.

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What is the latest news about Benrahma?

According to The Guardian, West Ham will consider offers for Benrahma in this transfer window.

The outlet says manager David Moyes is keen to strengthen his attack, and selling Benrahma could help him raise the funds to do so.

The 26-year-old joined the Hammers on a permanent basis from Brentford in January 2021 in a deal worth a total of £25m.

He saw plenty of action last season, making almost 50 appearances in all competitions for West Ham, but it seems Moyes doesn’t see him as essential.

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What did Brown say about Benrahma and West Ham?

Brown believes Benrahma has been an important player for West Ham so he would be surprised if they allowed him to leave the London stadium this summer.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the Daily Star reporter said: “I would be very surprised if Benrahma left. There are other players in this team who haven’t really reached the level this season. I think there is a problem with [Nikola] Vlasic on whether he needs some loan time somewhere, or will he ever be what they hoped he would be?

“Benrahma hasn’t really been a fixture in the team, but when he’s played he has, overall, done good things for West Ham. He slowly learned the system. I think Moyes took his time with him, as he does with a lot of players, and I think he responded to that kind of treatment and became an important player for them, so it would be a surprise if they let him go.

Should West Ham sell Benrahma this summer?

If Benrahma’s exit helps ease the arrival of someone like Jesse Lingard, which seems like a possibility, then you can understand the thought.

That being said, as Brown pointed out, the Hammers had less effective players like Vlasic, who made just six Premier League starts last season.

This could be a case where West Ham think they can get more money for Benrahma, who has obviously done a lot more in English football than his Croatian team-mate, with the Algeria international having bagged eight league goals and six assists in the 2021/22 campaign.

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