LONDON (Reuters) – West Ham United have captured Algeria winger Said Benrahma on a one-season loan from Brentford (second division) with a deal to make the transfer permanent, the Premier League club announced on Friday.
The 25-year-old was linked with a permanent move on national deadline day as Hammers manager David Moyes looked to strike a deal before the transfer window closed at 5 p.m. local time but he eventually joined initially on loan.
“He is a player who has been highly regarded for his performances with Brentford in the Championship,” Moyes said on the club’s website here. “There has been a lot of interest in him so we are very happy that he has decided to join us.
“We have sought to recruit players who are hungry and determined to grow and improve. Said is an exciting talent with a lot of abilities and the right qualities, which will complement the other attacking players that we have at the club.
Benrahma, who scored 17 goals and had 10 assists in Brentford’s run to the playoff final last season, will not be eligible for Sunday’s trip to London rival West Ham Tottenham Hotspur as the transfer was not completed on time.
He is the club’s fourth major signing after the permanent addition of Czech internationals Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal as well as defender Craig Dawson on loan.
Report by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris