West Ham close to £25million Said Benrahma deal – despite not being a priority

West Ham are expected to complete the signing of Said Benrahma on Thursday in a deal worth around £25m.

Hammers boss David Moyes wanted the bulk of his transfer budget spent on a centre back, with Brentford forward Benrahma never a priority target.

But after missing out on the likes of James Tarkowski and ending up with Watford defender Craig Dawson on loan, Moyes has been forced into a rethink.

Benrahma was locked in talks with the Hammers last night but his personal terms are not expected to be a problem.

The 25-year-old is set to sign a five-year deal pending a medical which has been booked in for later today.

Moyes is understood to believe Josh King of Bournemouth better fits the profile he is looking for up front, and can cover more positions.

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But West Ham consider Benrahma better value because King is 28, out of contract in a year's time and has much higher wage demands.

The Hammers are still interested in King, but his £18m asking price will have to come down considerably for finances to allow both him AND Benrahama to join.

Chairman David Sullivan has led the pursuit of Benrahma, who told Brentford he wanted to join West Ham some time ago.

The Hammers will pay an initial fee of £20m with around £5m more in add-ons to sign the Algeria star, who narrowly missed out on promotion with the Bees.

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Moyes also wanted cover at left back but after a change of system, two clean sheets, and the arrival of Dawson, he is focusing on his front line.

West Ham could still sign a left back before Friday’s deadline, but any deal would likely now have to be a loan.

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