Newcastle United are battling Premier League rivals Fulham and West Ham in pursuit of a potential move for Brentford forward Said Benrahma.
Benrahma has been the subject of interest throughout the transfer window, having enjoyed an impressive season last year with Brentford in the Championship. The attacker is now attracting the interests of Newcastle, West Ham and Fulham ahead of the domestic deadline on Friday, as per the Daily Star.
Newcastle facing multiple challenges in Benrahma pursuit
The Magpies were unable to add to their squad during the closing stages of the European transfer window, with Steve Bruce’s side missing out on both Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley, as per Chronicle Live. Newcastle were unable to shift their fringe players, which meant that wages were not available to bring in the Chelsea midfield duo.
Benrahma is valued at around £20m by Brentford, who are hoping to keep hold of to help them challenge for promotion to the Premier League this season. It has been reported that the 25-year-old is nearing a move to West Ham, with the Irons reportedly in advanced talks with the Bees over a move, as per Sky Sports.
However, both Newcastle and Fulham could now be prepared to rival West Ham in the race to secure Benrahma’s signature, as per the Daily Star. That could drive up the price, with three clubs competing for the attacker with just under a week remaining in the window.
Benrahma would add another exciting attacking dimension
Newcastle already have Allan Saint-Maximin in fine form at the start of the campaign, with the winger having scored one goal, registered one assist and completed 2.3 successful dribbles per game so far (via Sofascore). Adding Benrahma to the team should only enhance the Magpies ability to create and take chances in the final third.
Indeed, such is the Algerian’s raw talent that Brentford B assistant coach Sam Saunders once said that the winger “could nutmeg a mermaid“.
Benrahma excelled last season for Brentford, hitting 17 goals, registering eight assists, averaging 2.1 key passes per match and also completing 3.1 successful dribbles per game (via Sofascore). That kind of dynamism would make him a real coup for the Magpies, but with other rivals in the mix, it could be real challenge for Steve Bruce to land this particular target.
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