West Ham close to completing £18m swoop for Brentford winger Benrahma

West Ham close to completing £18m swoop for Brentford winger Said Benrahma as boss David Moyes ponders move for Watford centre-half Craig Dawson

  • Winger scored 17 goals as Championship side reached play-off final last season
  • Hammers board believe it is the type of signing that can lift the mood at the club 
  • Boss Moyes also wants to sign a centre-half with Watford’s Dawson on his radar

West Ham are confident of ending their transfer window on a high by completing an £18million deal for Brentford dangerman Said Benrahma.

The Hammers board have been criticised for adding only full-back Vladimir Coufal to the squad but believe that Benrahma is the kind of signing to change the mood. 

Benrahma scored 17 goals last season as the Bees reached the Championship play-off final and is noted for his skills around the penalty box.

West Ham want to sign Brentford dangerman Said Benrahma and lift the gloom at the club

His move is being part-funded by Felipe Anderson’s loan to Porto. Boss David Moyes also wants an extra centre-half, with Watford’s Craig Dawson a possibility.

It is expected to be a busy final week of the market with deals between Premier League and EFL clubs having to be done on Friday. 

Tottenham are expected to sign Swansea City central defender Joe Rodon, who played for Wales against England last Thursday.

David Moyes wants to sign a centre-half with Watford’s Craig Dawson (above) on his radar

Swansea initially valued Rodon at £18m with Spurs offering £8m, but a compromise figure of around £13m is likely, allowing Spurs to let Cameron Carter-Vickers go on loan.

Bournemouth lead that chase.

Bournemouth are prepared to sell Josh King because he is in the last year of his contract, Leeds may bid again for Norwich midfielder Todd Cantwell and Coventry City will let striker Maxime Biamou go out on loan and talking to Swindon.

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