West Ham United manager David Moyes could be willing to cash in on forward Said Benrahma this summer, according to reports.
What’s the word?
As per respected insider Claret and Hugh, should an offer be submitted for the Algerian ace there is ‘every chance’ that the Hammers would sanction a departure, with it believed that Moyes ‘isn’t a big fan’ of the 26-year-old.
Should West Ham sell Benrahma?
The report suggests that with the future of teammate Nikola Vlasic set to be resolved, with a loan move to Torino in the works, the attention will turn to that of the former Brentford man, who could well be moved on just two years on from initially joining the club on loan.
Although some supporters may welcome that news, the large majority will no doubt be furious at the prospect of losing such a talented asset this summer, particularly just 18 months on from forking out £25m to sign him on a permanent deal.
There has been some suggestion that Moyes is disappointed with the £58k-per-week star’s attacking output as well as his work defensively, hence the potential desire to cash in so soon into the player’s Irons career.
While that inconsistency was no doubt evident in his debut campaign during the 2020/21 season – in which he scored just one goal in 30 Premier League appearances – the most recent term was far more profitable, as he chipped in with eight goals and provided six assists in 32 league outings.
In the current Hammers squad, only Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio provided more goal contributions in the top-flight, proving that Benrahma has clearly played his part as an attacking threat.
Undoubtedly he may not have hit the heights that he produced in the second tier with the Bees, having scored 30 goals and provided 27 assists in just 94 appearances, yet perhaps it may simply require a gradual adjustment to life in the top level.
Equally, with the likes of Andriy Yarmonlenko and the aforementioned Vlasic set to depart, allowing another exit would leave the former Manchester United boss incredibly short with regards to attacking options, with it seemingly unwise to let the £22.5m-rated gem leave unless adequate replacements or even upgrades can be found.
The Scotsman would no doubt risk the wrath of supporters if he does sanction Benrahma’s departure, only to fail to acquire quality alternatives.