In a surprise piece of news this morning is the development that West Ham have pulled out of any deal for Brentford’s Said Benrahma. Whilst this update will put a number of clubs on alert, it will likely interest Villa most who have the cash and lure of the Algerian’s former manager in Dean Smith.
This comes after weeks of speculation heavily linking Benrahma to the London Stadium, but any deal appeared centred on David Moyes raising the cash through the sale of Grady Diangana. However, the news this morning is that West Ham will walk away given Brentford’s £25+ million valuation for their in-demand playmaker:
Smith continues to be frustrated during this short summer transfer window and must now be mindful of the new campaign being just a mere matter of days away. As it stands, only Matty Cash has arrived at Villa Park.
Villa do have a significant transfer war-chest but remain constrained by having narrowly avoiding relegation as well as needing to await the outcome of third party transfer deals taking place first.
Benrahma remains an interesting target, with the midfielder subject to repeated interest from a number of Premier League clubs. After an impressive Championship season, this resulted in links to top sides in the Premier League, including the likes of Chelsea.
However, with sides on the upper echelon’s of the division either keeping their hands in their pockets or making big-money moves for players across the continent, Benrahma’s options and value have since narrowed.
This is also well illustrated by interested parties, such as West Ham, dropping by the wayside, thus open the door to Villa and a stronger negotiating position.
Villa cooled their interest last summer in Benrahma when faced with the prospect of a rapid post-promotion re-build, instead opting to purchase Egyptian international Mahmoud Trezeguet.
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