West Ham United could struggle to make profit from Said Benrahma sale
West Ham want to help fund incoming transfers with the sale of Said Benrahma but may fail to make a profit on him, according to The Guardian.
The club are willing to listen to offers for the Algerian who arrived from Brentford originally on loan and had his stay made permanent for a reported £30million last summer.
Although he made 48 appearances in all competitions over the subsequent campaign, he rarely completed 90 minutes and his minutes reduced as the season went on.
According Jacob Steinberg and Fabrizio Romano’s Guardian report manager David Moyes has become “frustrated” by his output and is “not happy” that he doesn’t influence games more regularly.
While the Hammers would hope to boost their spending power by moving the 26-year-old on the prospects of a big-money chase aren’t apparently high at present.
The report says: “Selling Benrahma would increase their spending power, though it remains to be seen whether there is interest in him.
“It could be difficult for West Ham, who want additions up front, at left-back and in central midfield, to make a profit on Benrahma.”
It would probably make sense for him to move on since Moyes clearly doesn’t trust him and his constant substitutions are surely a source of frustration for the player and the fans.
But the Irons would do well to ensure they actually line up some incoming deals before they start thinning out the squad even further.
Jesse Lingard remains a target, as he has for the year it has been since he left the London Stadium after a strong loan, but it will need more than just the former Manchester United man this summer to equip the squad to compete in the upcoming season.
If the Hammers are willing to make a loss on the Benrahma deal then there likely will be takers for a player who has scored 12 goals and provided 13 assists for the club, but it is hard to imagine anyone stumping up over £30million.
Considering the club spent nothing in January and were boosted by the income from the deep Europa League run it shouldn’t make the difference whether they can do the required business this offseason, but bringing in funds for an unwanted player is always a positive.
As long as Lingard arrives and is followed by one or two more in attacking areas it would probably make sense to take anything over £20million if it is on the table.
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