West Ham accused of ‘strange’ transfer strategy after Said Benrahma development

West Ham are spending big money in the wrong areas by targeting Said Benrahma before Friday’s domestic transfer deadline, according to Danny Murphy. The Hammers reportedly agreed a fee with Brentford over the weekend worth £25million in total to sign Benrahma.

The Algeria international has been linked with a move to the Premier League all summer long, but it looked as though a move wouldn’t materialise.

Ollie Watkins has already left the Bees after Aston Villa stumped up £30m to sign the striker.

But clubs had been reluctant to meet Brentford’s demands for Benrahma.

West Ham though have moved quickly in recent days to try and strike a deal for the forward with reports claiming a medical had been booked for Wednesday.

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David Moyes has been relatively quiet in the summer transfer window, although strong results on the field to start the season have overshadowed the club’s lack of investment.

They scored seven goals in total with back-to-back wins over Wolves and Leicester with the attacking trio of Michail Antonio, Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen establishing a strong partnership.

It’s in defence where West Ham appear to be short of options though and Murphy can’t understand why the Hammers are looking to spend big on signing another forward.

“He’s a super talent and I’m sure he will add quality to the squad and competition for places,” he said on talkSPORT.


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“But with Bowen, Yarmolenko, Fornals, Lanzini, Antonio and Haller, to be using the best part of £30m on a player who you wouldn’t say is a priority…

“When West Ham are talking about needing defensive back ups and then they want to plough that dough in a forward player when they’ve got lots.

“West Ham are going well at the minute so fans will appreciate any signings, and it will take a little bit off the owners and that will subside for a few weeks until they lose a couple.

“If they are after a centre-half, which is what they really need – defensive back-up – then it seems strange they are ploughing that much dough into this lad.

“He’s only had one really good season in the Championship.

“You have got a lot of options there. It’s not like they are in Europe and can share the load. They are collecting wide players.”

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