West Ham could decide to sell Said Benrahma in a loan-to-buy deal during the January transfer window, according to a key update on his future.
The Hammers’ season has continued to go from strength to strength, with their exceptional 2-0 victory away to Arsenal last week their best moment of the campaign so far.
David Moyes has built one of West Ham’s strongest squads in recent memory, with great options from back to front, but there are also certain players who don’t feel indispensable.
One of those is Benrahma, who has done his bit for the cause so far this season, but has still been limited to only four starts in the Premier League in 2023/24 to date.
It could be that a January exit is on the cards for the 28-year-old, and according to Football Insider, he could leave on loan this month, with a permanent move on offer to the club who sign him:
“West Ham are willing to let Said Benrahma leave on a loan-to-buy offer in the upcoming January window after Lucas Paqueta updated on his recent injury, sources have told Football Insider. The 28-year-old former Brentford winger has fallen down the pecking order at the London Stadium and is likely to leave next month in pursuit of regular first-team football.
“It is understood that West Ham have set an asking price of around £15-20million for Benrahma this month. However, they are willing to accept a loan-to-buy offer to allow clubs the option to pay Benrahma’s fee in the summer.”
It does feel as though Benrahma’s time as a West Ham player could be coming to an end, and a loan-to-buy deal could be a situation that suits all parties.
The Algerian is unlikely to be happy with his lack of playing time at the moment, but with the likes of Lucas Paqueta, James Ward-Prowse, Mohammed Kudus and Jarrod Bowen such key players in midfield and attacking areas, it is hard to see his situation changing any time soon.
Benrahma is an extremely talented player who has still done much good for West Ham – he has 43 goal contributions (24 goals and 19 assists) in 153 appearances in total – and if does move on, he should be remembered as a good servant, winning the UEFA Europa Conference League last season.