Nottingham Forest will have to pay a staggering £30 million to sign West Ham United trickster Said Benrahma. According to the Daily Mail, the Hammers will now consider a sale but it’ll be on their terms.

West Ham want to recoup the fee they paid for the 27-year-old back in 2020. He’s struggled for consistency since checking in at the London Stadium, failing to hold down a regular place in the team.

Benrahma came on against Manchester City on Sunday. It would appear that the £17.5 million signing of Maxwel Cornet will bump him further down the pecking order and David Moyes is now willing to let him leave.

Forest pay Benrahma
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Forest are desperately trying to add to their ranks. Benrahma is expected to leave the club before the transfer window closes; although his price tag will naturally scare some clubs off.

Benrahma earns £58,000-a-week at West Ham. As a result, given the club’s valuation, the whole package is likely to cost a pretty penny and Forest might be priced out.

Steve Cooper has already seen £85 million spent on his squad. The spending will almost certainly exceed £100 million but Forest did lose seven first-team players from their promotion-winning squad.

Forest will have to pay £30 million for Benrahma

Benrahma would be a very useful signing. His left-footed capabilities would bring some balance to the Forest attack for the 2022/23 campaign.

That said, it’s hard to imagine Forest laying down £30 million for Benrahma at this stage. If the deal is structured with a lower fee upfront, perhaps there could be a discussion to be had.

The Reds desperately need some new attackers. Forest were toothless in attack on Saturday at Newcastle and they know they will have to improve.

Forest pay Benrahma
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If West Ham were willing to change their stance, perhaps a deal could be struck. If not, it’s hard to image the club doing business with the Hammers.

Benrahma has scored 12 goals from 81 appearances for West Ham. Those numbers probably don’t justify a £30 million outlay and Forest might have to look elsewhere.

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