West Ham could look to raise transfer funds via the sale of Said Benrahma in the January transfer window, amidst interest from Saudi Arabia.
The signing of Benrahma felt like a breath of fresh air for West Ham fans. A player from the Championship with plenty of talent who, on paper, should have added pace, skill and the individual quality to win games. Unfortunately, his time in East London has not been what everyone would have hoped for.
While there have been glimpses of brilliance from the Algerian, not to mention his crucial goal in the Conference League final, we have not seen the best of him and it seems that his time in claret and blue could be coming to an end, according to our own ExWHUEmployee.
On the most recent episode of The West Ham Way Podcast, he revealed that clubs in Saudi Arabia have shown interest in signing the winger and that the Hammers may be willing to sell as they need to raise money for at least a striker in January. With the Saudi’s seemingly endless supply of money, West Ham will be more than happy to listen to the right offer.
Unsurprisingly, the club are wary of “doing an Everton” after spending big over the last couple of years, hence the caution when it comes to the January transfer window. Given the fact we are in Europe, we have to stick to UEFA’s regulations which are even tighter than the FA’s.
According to other reports, Benrahma is said to be unsettled at West Ham, where he has only started 4 Premier League games this season. A move to the Middle East might just make perfect sense for him as well. He’s a devout Muslim who is approaching his 30’s. A big wage in a country that has a similar culture to his own may be something he wants to consider – the money alone would be hard to resist.
Despite having his name carved into West Ham history, it makes sense for everyone involved that a deal is struck up. Of course, the club will be wanting to get as much money as possible for Benrahma and have other fringe players they can sell to generate funds. But, if they do offer the right figure, it is very possible we could see the last of Benrahma in a West Ham shirt very soon.
By Charlie Bass