Writing on Twitter, football.london journalist Sam Inkersole has revealed a ‘problem‘ surrounding new West Ham signing Said Benrahma – going on to claim David Moyes could be without the Algerian due to the latest update on his international future.
Benrahma, who is yet to start a match for West Ham since putting pen to paper on a loan-to-buy deal from Brentford, with the attacker slowly getting up to full fitness, could now miss a significant portion of the 2021/2022 season if he indeed signs on a permanent deal.
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Benrahma could be absent
As per football.london journalist Inkersole, Benrahma is likely to be a mainstay for his native Algeria as they qualified for the postponed 2021 African Cup of Nations, which looms mid-way through next season.
The 25-year-old, largely tipped as a great signing for the Hammers, could sign for the east London club on a permanent deal if he manages to thoroughly impress on loan from Brentford – but his potential first full season as an official West Ham star could include two months of absence.
Lauded as a ‘magician‘, this comes as a future blow to Moyes down the line – with Benrahma’s pedigree marking him out as a potentially crucial star for the Hammers.
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The £19.8 million-valued attacker, still yet to start a full encounter, could soon be thrust into action – with Irons supporters heavily anticipating seeing their marquee summer acquisition play a full 90 minutes.
If he does impress enough to lock up that permanent deal, Inkersole’s latest news could spell trouble – especially considering the often congested fixture calendar around the start of the year.
In other news: David Gold shared some ‘excellent news’ which could excite Hammers, find out more here.
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