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Benrahma return to Brentford on the agenda if Bees make it to the Prem

By Alessandro Schiavone

West Ham star Said Benrahma is understood to be open to the idea of returning to Brentford but only if the Bees gain promotion to the Premier League, Capital Football has learnt.

Despite being a bit-part player at his new club right now, Benrahma is understood to be very happy at West Ham and only focused on helping the club qualify for European football.

He wants to repay the faith the club had in him when they splashed out £25million to secure his services and rediscover his best form on the pitch.

But he and his entourage are keeping a close eye on Brentford’s fortunes with Thomas Frank’s men on the brink of another play-off semi-final.

The Algeria international starred in his two seasons at Griffin Park, scoring 30 goals and setting up 27 in 94 appearances playing from a wider position before he made the move across the capital.

Benrahma was at his irresistible best when he almost single-handedly led the club to the cusp of promotion last season.

And the former OGC Nice ace was devastated when his side’s dream of playing top-flight football for the first time since 1946-47 was shattered following a 2-1 playoff final defeat against Fulham.

But Benrahma has struggled to live up to his billing and found first-team football hard to come by this season with the Hammers and is yet to score in 23 Premier League appearances.

The 25-year old now feels he has unfinished business in west London and the enticing prospect of playing regular Premier League football at a club where he enjoyed the finest hours of his career coupled with the opportunity of playing at the new Brentford Community Stadium would be too tempting to turn down.

Hammers boss David Moyes reiterated today that he will give Benrahma ”one more season to prove himself”.

But the player’s future at the London Stadium is hanging in the balance with the Hammers in the driving seat to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in their history.

And it remains to be seen whether Brentford are willing to spend big on someone they received £25million for just six months ago.


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