Sunday Oct 18, 2020. 12:00
Algeria international Said Benrahma has expressed his delight after joining English Premier League (EPL) side West Ham United.
The 25-year-old forward joined the Hammers from English Championship club Brentford on an initial season-long loan deal, with an agreement to make the transfer permanent.
Benrahma flourished during his two seasons at Brentford scoring 30 goals and assisting 27 more and he has now moved to an EPL club.
“I’m very, very happy to be a part of this team. West Ham is a historic club, which has been in the Premier League for a very long time. It included and still includes good players,” Benrahma told the club’s official website.
“It’s a massive club in England. I spoke to the manager, so I know exactly what he expects from me. I’ll try to meet his expectations on the pitch because he’s put faith in me and hopefully I can give it back on the pitch.
“I like this prospect [of playing in the Premier League]! I play football to enjoy myself first and foremost, but it’s always enjoyable to know you’re joining the most-watched league in the world, so I’m definitely looking forward to showing what I can do.”
West Ham manager David Moyes welcomed Benrahma to the club and said he will bring something totally different to an already strong and versatile West Ham squad.
“I’m delighted to welcome Saïd to West Ham United. He is a player who has had a lot of recognition for his performances with Brentford in the Championship,” Moyes said.
“There has been a lot of interest shown in him so we are very pleased that he has decided to join us. We have been looking to bring in players who are hungry and determined to progress and get better.
“Saïd is an exciting talent with a lot of ability and the right qualities, who will complement the other attacking players we have at the club. We need to give Saïd some time to settle in,” he added.
“But the step up to the Premier League is one I am confident he will be able to make. We are really pleased to have him here and looking forward to getting the best out of him.”