Paul Merson has heaped praise on West Ham United after securing the “unbelievable” signing of Said Benrahma from Brentford.

The Irons confirmed the loan signing of the Algerian international on Friday evening, having the obligation to turn that permanent at the end of this season [BBC].

Benrahma failed one part of his medical at the London Stadium, although that was eventually resolved and the move was completed.

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Merson admitted he was a big fan of Benrahma and was excited for his link up with the West Ham attack this season.

“I do like him,” he said on Soccer Saturday (17/10 13:51 pm)

“He has done an unbelievable gesture at Brentford. And he is a good player. At West Ham, that’s what they need. You have him on one side, Bowen on the other and Antonio up top, that’s a real threat.”

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We have to agree with Merson, and that front three could be very dangerous.

That is unfortunate for Pablo Fornals though, who could face the drop from David Moyes despite impressing in recent weeks.

The Spaniard has been involved in three goals in the past two victories, although Benrahma has been involved in 50 in the past two seasons.

Benrahma completed 94 minutes of action for Algeria against Nigeria last week and looked sharp – having three shots on goal and attempting eight dribbles according to WyScout.

That is the influence Moyes will want from his new signing, and we will have to wait until next week to see it.

In other West Ham United news, Mark Lawrenson predicts Hammers clash v Spurs


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