West Ham transfer news: Said Benrahma’s move to Lyon collapses

Posted by

West Ham's Said Benrahma walks off the pitch
Said Benrahma signed for West Ham from Brentford in 2020 in a deal rising to £30m

Lyon have blamed West Ham for the collapse of a loan deal for Said Benrahma and accused the Hammers of “a profound lack of respect”.

The Algerian winger, 28, had been set to move on loan to the French side on transfer deadline day.

But the Hammers confirmed in the early hours of Friday that a move was “unable to be completed before 11pm”.

Lyon subsequently accused the Premier League side of not taking the required action to complete the deal.

In a strongly-worded statement,external-link the Ligue 1 side criticised West Ham’s “incomprehensible behaviour”, adding: “Olympique Lyonnais deeply regrets this situation and this decision, demonstrating a profound lack of respect on the part of West Ham towards the institution and the player”.

Lyon, who are owned by Crystal Palace co-owner John Textor’s Eagle Football Holdings, said they also “reserve the right to undertake all appropriate procedures necessary to validate the transaction at a later date, and to hold West Ham responsible if necessary”.

Benrahma joined West Ham from Brentford in October 2020 and his current deal runs to 2026.

He started last season’s Europa Conference League final against Fiorentina and scored the opening goal from the penalty spot in West Ham’s momentous 2-1 win.

However, the attacker has failed to find the net in 22 appearances this season and was sent off in the FA Cup replay defeat at Bristol City on 16 January. Benrahma was controversially left out of Algeria’s squad for the Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

Meanwhile, West Ham had yet to confirm Pablo Fornals’ £6.8m move to La Liga side Real Betis by the time the transfer window had closed at 23:00 GMT on Friday.

Fornals, 27, has made 202 appearances at West Ham since his arrival from Villarreal in 2019.

But the midfielder has struggled to gain a regular starting spot this season following the arrivals of Mohammed Kudus and James Ward-Prowse in the summer.

Fornals has only started four Premier League games for David Moyes’ side in 2023-24.

Although West Ham triggered a one-year option on Fornals’ contract in December, it was always likely they would let him leave if the right bid was received.

How to follow West Ham on the BBC bannerWest Ham banner footer