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West Ham ready to clear way for Lingard loan by buying Benrahma this month

Jacob Steinberg
·2-min read

West Ham plan to bring forward the permanent transfer of Saïd Benrahma if they press ahead with a loan move for Jesse Lingard.

Manchester United have decided to allow Lingard to go on loan this month, sparking interest from David Moyes as he seeks to add depth to his squad. However Premier League clubs are allowed only two domestic loan players in their squad and West Ham, who are also keen to sign a striker, have borrowed Craig Dawson from Watford and Benrahma from Brentford.

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West Ham are likely to pave the way for Lingard to join on a temporary basis by buying Benrahma. They paid a £5m loan fee for the winger in October and have an agreement to sign the Algerian for £20m plus £5m in add-ons at the end of the season. Benrahma, who has made five Premier League starts, will sign a five-year deal.

Lingard has fallen out of favour at United, who are demanding a sizeable loan fee, and has not featured in the league this season. The midfielder has been restricted to three cup appearances and needs a fresh start. Newcastle, West Brom and Sheffield United have also shown interest in the 28-year-old but Moyes, who managed the England international at United, is at the head of the queue.

West Ham remain in the market for a striker after selling Sébastien Haller to Ajax for £20m. They have shown interest in Bournemouth’s Joshua King, Montpellier’s Gaëtan Laborde, Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesyri and Reims’ Boulaye Dia.

Moyes has so far been frustrated in attempts to find cover for Michail Antonio. A quick fix could be an overseas loan. The latest name on the list is RB Leipzig’s Hwang Hee-chan. The 25-year-old South Korean has struggled in the Bundesliga this season but he impressed at his previous club, RB Salzburg.