Date: 9th June 2022 at 11:48am
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West Ham United are willing to listen to offers for former Aston Villa transfer target Saïd Benrahma this summer.

The Lowdown: Villa were interested

Villa were interested in the 17-time Algerian international in 2020 after the winger scored 17 goals and provided ten assists in Brentford’s run to the Championship play-off final in the previous season.

But it was West Ham who signed Benrahma, with the 5 foot 6 wide man joining David Moyes’ side on loan with an obligation to buy which could have risen up to £30m.

The Latest: West Ham listening to offers

According to The Guardian West Ham are willing to listen to offers for the £22.5m-rated man, with Moyes looking to increase his budget by selling the Algerian winger.

According to the same report, Benrahma’s lack of consistency at the London Stadium has become a source of frustration for Moyes, with the manager not happy with the former Brentford man’s inability to influence games on a regular basis.

The Verdict: Sign him up

Moyes may be growing frustrated with his 2020 signing, but there’s no doubt that Benrahma is a source of quality when he’s on his game, with former West Ham man Joe Cole describing him as “unplayable.” 

He would be an excellent addition at Villa Park, and would provide the front line with a much-needed change in dynamic.

The Algerian international ranks in the top 16% of attacking midfielder/wingers across Europe’s top five leagues for non-penalty goals per 90 minutes this season, coming in with a total of 0.37 according to FBref, having totalled eight goals and six assists for this Premier League campaign. 

The same stats provider also suggests that he likes to get the ball forward, totalling a progressive passing distance of 2,270 yards this season.

The 26-year-old is always a goal threat, and has provided an average of 2.86 shot-creating actions per 90 minutes in the top-flight this campaign, according to FBref.

His performances in the Premier League have earned him a SofaScore rating of 6.91 this season, suggesting that when playing, he has performed at a decent level on a relatively consistent basis.

Whilst Moyes may find Benrahma a source of frustration, he could really add an extra bit of quality to Villa’s squad, and would likely be a first-team regular should Steven Gerrard take the gamble on the club’s former transfer target.

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