West Ham United signs loan deal with Saïd Benrahma
West Ham United are pleased to announce the signing of Algeria international Said Benrahma on loan from Brentford.
The exciting forward joins the EFL championship club’s Hammers on an initial one-season loan deal, with a deal to make the transfer permanent.
A unique talent capable of unlocking any defense and scoring spectacular goals, Benrahma excelled in two sensational seasons for the Bees, scoring 30 goals and assisting 27 others. Now the 25-year-old will have the opportunity to show off his full range of Premier League abilities, and will do so in a Bordeaux and Blue jersey.
I spoke to the manager, so I know exactly what he expects from me. I will try to meet his expectations on the field because he trusts me and I hope to be able to return to him on the field
“I am very, very happy to be a part of this team,” said the Club’s new No.9. “West Ham is a historic club, which has played in the Premier League for a very long time. He understood and still understands good players. It’s a huge club in England.
“I spoke to the manager, so I know exactly what he expects from me. I will try to meet his expectations on the pitch because he trusts me and I hope I can give him confidence back on the pitch.
“I like this perspective [of playing in the Premier League]! I play soccer first and foremost for fun, but it’s always nice to know you’re joining the most watched league in the world, so I can’t wait to show what I can do.
Manager David Moyes welcomed Benrahma to the London Stadium and said he would bring something totally different to an already strong and versatile West Ham side.
“I am delighted to welcome Said to West Ham United,” he confirmed. “He is a player who has had a lot of recognition for his performances with Brentford in the league. He has generated a lot of interest and so we are very happy that he has decided to join us.
“We sought to bring in hungry players who were determined to progress and improve. Saïd is an exciting talent with a lot of abilities and the right qualities, who will complement the other offensive players that we have at the Club.
“We have to give Said some time to settle in, but I have no doubts that he will be able to take the step to the Premier League. We’re really excited to have him here and can’t wait to get the most out of him. “
Benrahma has completed his medical examination at Speyer London East Hospital, although he will not be available for Sunday’s trip to Tottenham Hotspur due to his registration finalizing after 12 p.m. on Friday.
Born in the town of Aïn Témouchent in northern Algeria, near the country’s Mediterranean coast, Benrahma moved to the south of France as a teenager, joining Toulouse-based Balma SC – a club the West Ham defender Issa Diop also represented in his youth.
After one season with famous youth development club Balma and two with another Toulouse team, US Colomiers, the young winger caught the attention of some of France’s biggest clubs, including Monaco, before choosing to join. OGC Nice, who had just finished fourth in the League. 1, in the summer of 2013. It didn’t take long for the 18-year-old to make an impression, as he made his Ligue 1 debut with Toulouse in October of the same year.
A first senior goal arrived in April 2015 in the form of a Ligue 1 winner against Reims, before Benrahma was loaned to SCO d’Angers, GFC Ajaccio and LB Châteauroux to gain valuable first-team experience. It was with Châteauroux in 2017/18 that he began to realize his exceptional potential, scoring ten goals and helping five more for the newly promoted Ligue 2 side.
After being spotted by French Brentford recruiter Brendan MacFarlane, Benrahma moved to London in the summer of 2018, following a path taken by Neal Maupay, who has since enjoyed Premier League success with Brighton & Hove Albion.
Saïd is an exciting talent with a lot of abilities and the right qualities, who will complement the other offensive players that we have at the Club.
Benrahma was virtually unstoppable in a Bees shirt, scoring eleven goals, assisting 17 more and winning the club’s Goal of the Season award for an exceptional strike against Hull City in February 2019.
Last season he was arguably even more influential, leading Brentford to the Championship playoff final with 17 goals and ten assists. He started 2020/21 with two fine goals in a Carabao Cup victory over Fulham, winner of the Bees Play-Off final.
Selected five times by Algeria, Benrahma made his debut for his country against Senegal in 2015 and recently returned to international action, starting a friendly 1-0 victory over Nigeria earlier this month and appearing as substitute in a 2-2 draw with Mexico this week.
Everyone at West Ham United welcomes Said and his family to the London Stadium and wishes him every success in his career at Claret and Blue.