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Benrahma completes permanent switch to West Ham

Attacker joins Premier League side after loan move

29 January 2021

Saïd Benrahma has completed a permanent transfer to West Ham United. The Algerian joined the Premier League side on a loan deal in October with an agreement to make the move permanent. The formalities of that arrangement have now been completed and Saïd is now officially a West Ham player.

The 25-year-old has made an impact in his time with The Hammers in the Premier League. He has played 12 games for them in the top flight, starting six of them. He has contributed two assists in that time, started their last six games in all competitions as they have climbed to fifth in the table and helped them to the Fifth Round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Saïd joined Brentford from OGC Nice in July 2018 and had a memorable two-year spell with The Bees. He scored 30 goals in 94 Brentford games, finding the net 27 times in 83 Sky Bet Championship appearances, 68 of them from the start and most of them under Head Coach Thomas Frank. Saïd also contributed 31 assists in those 94 games and bagged three hat-tricks, two of them last season, as he helped Brentford to their highest finish in more than 70 years and a place in the Championship Play-Off Final.

Saïd was born in Algeria but played his entire career in France before coming to Brentford. He made his debut for Nice just past his 18th birthday, played for them in the French top flight and has also had loan spells at Angers Sporting Club de l'Ouest, Gazélec Football Club Ajaccio and La Berrichonne de Châteauroux, where he was spotted by The Bees. Saïd scored on his first start for The Bees, against Southend United in a Carabao Cup tie, and ended his first season at Brentford with 11 goals in 45 appearances. He contributed 17 more goals last term in a season where he was named Brentford Player of the Year and earned a spot in the Championship PFA Team of the Year.

Everyone at Brentford FC would like to wish Saïd all the best for the future.


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