A loan deal for Lyon’s Said Benrahma, a winger, has been accepted by West Ham for the remainder of the current campaign.
The Algerian player, 28, will now have the last say on whether or not to purchase for the agreed upon £15 million should the transaction proceed.
With a contract that expires in 2026, Benrahma transferred from Brentford to West Ham in October 2020. In his three years with the Hammers, though, he has had a tough time on the pitch.
In West Ham’s historic 2-1 victory, he opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the Europa Conference League final versus Fiorentina, which he started in.
Nevertheless, Benrahma has made just 22 appearances this season without scoring, and on January 16, he was sent off during the FA Cup replay loss to Bristol City.
It caused controversy when he was left out of Algeria’s team for the Africa Cup of Nations competition. Real Betis proposed Spain’s Pablo Fornals, a midfield player, but West Ham turned it down.
With Fornals having started just four Premier League games this season, a second bid is anticipated, assuming West Ham agrees to let him go.