Having agreed the deal with the Championship club — which includes £5million in add-ons after an initial fee of £25m — the Hammers were set to confirm the signing after putting Benrahma through the final stages of his medical in east London this morning, where an issue was reportedly raised.
The move has proved a complicated one throughout, with Brentford standing firm over their asking price of £25m before the west Londoners had to iron out issues over loyalty payments owed to the Algeria international before his departure. His involvement on international duty further slowed progress this week.
Following the shock news, West Ham were still pushing to find a solution to bring Benrahma in, but could return for Bournemouth’s Joshua King before today’s 5pm domestic deadline, having had a £13m offer for the Norway international rebuffed last weekend. It is understood that the Cherries, who have already sold Callum Wilson to Newcastle following their relegation, would accept £15m for the forward, who is out of contract at the end of this season. As of noon today, Bournemouth were still awaiting an approach.
The Hammers face north London rivals Tottenham on Sunday, and any new arrival would have had to have been registered as a West Ham player by noon today in order to eligible to face Jose Mourinho’s side.
Elsewhere on domestic deadline day, Crystal Palace were pushing to land Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland as cover for the injured Wayne Hennessey.
Butland, who has nine England caps and made his international debut under Roy Hodgson, has not featured once this season.
Tottenham, too, remained in talks with Swansea over a deal for sought- after defender Joe Rodon.
However, after a stark warning from Swans boss Steve Cooper that the Welsh side would not cave in on price, the two clubs remained apart in their valuations, with the Championship club holding out for up to £18m and Spurs not wanting to push far above £10m.
“What I would say about Joe or any other of our assets — and Joe is right up there as one of our biggest — it’s really important that if we do end up having to sell, then we get something to show for it,” Cooper said, citing Everton’s £25m signing of Ben Godfrey as a precedent for higher fees.
“We shouldn’t be selling on the cheap. The precedent has been set this year. The player [Godfrey] is not a full international. Joe is and you have seen how well he played for Wales.”