Benrahma completes move from Brentford to West Ham

Said Benrahma has joined West Ham from Brentford on an initial season-long loan.

The two clubs recently agreed a transfer for the Algerian winger, who was expected to sign a five-year contract.

However, the deal stalled because of issues with Benrahma’s medical.

A loan with an obligation to buy was therefore pushed through before Friday’s domestic transfer deadline.

Benrahma, signed from Nice two years ago, was a revelation at Brentford and one of the Championship’s standout performers last season.

His departure has seemed inevitable since the Bees missed out on promotion in the play-off final against Fulham.

“I’m very, very happy to be a part of this team,” Benrahma said.

“West Ham is a historic club, which has been in the Premier League for a very long time. It included and still includes good players. It’s a massive club in England.

“I spoke to the manager, so I know exactly what he expects from me. I’ll try to meet his expectations on the pitch because he’s put faith in me and hopefully I can give it back on the pitch.

“I like this prospect [of playing in the Premier League]. I play football to enjoy myself first and foremost, but it’s always enjoyable to know you’re joining the most-watched league in the world, so I’m definitely looking forward to showing what I can do.”