Benrahma’s £25m transfer set to collapse as West Ham focus on No.1 target

Said Benrahma's £25million move from West Ham to Brentford is in danger of collapse.

The Hammers are instead poised to focus all their energies on tying up a deal for £18million-rated Bournemouth striker Josh King.

Winger Benrahma, who scored 17 goals in 43 appearances last season, has fallen out with Brentford over what are understood to be ‘broken promises’.

Mirror Sport understands 25-year-old Benrahma made contact with Bees Co-Director of Football Phil Giles over the weekend to make his position clear.

At that stage the Hammers had already agreed a deal worth £17million guaranteed and £8milion in add-ons with the Championship side, who had missed out on promotion in last season’s Play Off Final.

But despite a medical set for when he returns from international duty, the deal appears to be off.

And that leaves a window open for Crystal Palace who also retain an interest.

Benrahma’s transfer to the London Stadium would represent a sizeable profit for Brentford following the Algerian’s £2.7million capture in July 2018 from French club Nice.

West Ham are understood to be relaxed about his situation with his club with King the east Londoners’ priority anyway.

A bid worth £13million has been rejected for the versatile marksman with Bournemouth after £18million for the 28-year-old in the final year of his contract.

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West Ham boss David Moyes is understood to be more keen to land King than Benrahma.

King has scored 48 Premier League goals for Bournemouth since moving to the south coast in the summer of 2015. He is after an immediate return to the top flight following his club’s relegation from the Premier League last season.

The domestic window between Premier League and EFL clubs remains open until 5pm on Friday.

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