Brentford star Said Benrahma has told BBC Sport that his dream is to play in the Premier League and left the door open for a summer move from the Bees, amid reported interest from Arsenal and Newcastle United.
Benrahma, 24, has been in stunning form for promotion hopefuls Brentford once again – who take on Leeds United at Griffin Park on Tuesday night in a crucial encounter that could have a big effect on the top of the Championship table come May.
The Sun have claimed that Brentford will consider bids of around £15million, with The Telegraph claiming the Algeria international is a target for The Gunners. The Northern Echo claimed Newcastle scouts watched Benrahma on Saturday.
Benrahma was asked about his future after helping Brentford beat Middlesbrough 3-2 on the weekend, and he stated that his dream is to take part in the Premier League – and did not rule out a summer move.
“For the moment I am focused on Brentford. This summer I will see but for the moment I am so focused here,” Benrahma said. “I am happy, I play, I score, I win, it’s a good position so I am happy. For the moment I am here.
“My ambition is to play in the Premier League. That’s my first ambition. It’s the first step and then continue to progress. If I go into the Premier League – with Brentford or…. I don’t know but my ambition is Premier League.”
TBR’s view – Benrahma is PL ready, but Newcastle or Arsenal?
His form for Brentford – especially this season – has proven he is more than Premier League ready. Eight goals and six assists in 27 outings has made Benrahma become a target for top-flight clubs – as he shines alongside Ollie Watkins and Bryan Mbuemo.
Where would be best for the Algerian, though? Arsenal have little options out wide, despite the signing of Nicolas Pepe. Bukayo Saka is breaking through, while Emile Smith-Rowe and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are out on loan.
Benrahma would be in and out of the side at Arsenal but at Newcastle, surely he would start more games than not. It depends what Benrahma wants, but if it is consistent game time in the Premier League, then Tyneside should be his next venture.