West Ham United have confirmed they have completed the permanent signing of Said Benrahma in a move that allows them to open up one of their two domestic loan spots – and Anton Ferdinand has reacted with a two-word Instagram verdict.
Benrahma, 25, is improving since initially joining West Ham on loan from Brentford with an obligatory purchase to make said loan deal a permanent one either in January or next summer. The Hammers have now made that deal a permanent one.
The Algeria international – who is yet to score but has laid on two assists in his 12 Premier League outings for West Ham – has penned a contract until the summer of 2026. The Standard claim West Ham will pay £20million.
That fee could rise to a total of £30million, though – having paid an initial £5million loan fee and then another £5million could be sent to Brentford in add-ons. The Hammers confirmed the move on Instagram, among other social media channels.
West Ham are said to have made the Benrahma deal a permanent one now, instead of the summer, as Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard closes in on a move to the London Stadium on loan. Craig Dawson occupies the other loan slot, from Watford.
Many Hammers fans were delighted with the news, while Anton Ferdinand shared that joy – responded with “excellent news”.