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Aston Villa eye sensational last-ditch bid for Championship superstar

Aston Villa are reportedly one of the clubs interested in Brentford attacker Said Benrahma after a potential move to West Ham United stalled.

The Telegraph reports that the Villains are considering a bid for the 25-year-old wide-man who was an integral part of his club’s route to the Championship play-off final last season.

The Algeria international netted 17 times in 46 games for the Bees last term, providing 10 assists along the way. He also formed part of a front three trio with Ollie Watkins, who has since moved to Villa, and Bryan Mbuemo.

Watkins has already made an instant impact in Dean Smith’s side, scoring a first-half hat-trick in Villa’s 7-2 rout over Premier League champions Liverpool earlier this month.

Indeed it is hoped that this feat would make Villa a more attractive prospect for Benrahma.

West Ham have been frontrunners in the race for his signature but complications in negotiations have opened a window of opportunity for other possible top-flight suitors, with the EFL transfer window closing on Friday.

The Mirror reports that the London outfit had offered £17million over three years plus £8million in add-ons.

Although interested, Aston Villa are yet to submit a bid, the source states.

The Hammers are now setting their sights on Bournemouth striker Josh King. However an initial £13m bid for the Norwegian was rejected by the Cherries, who are looking for around £17.5million for the 28-year-old.

Premier League rivals Arsenal, Crystal Palace and Leeds United have also been linked with a move for the winger.

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Medical date had been set

Benrahma was due to have a medical at West Ham on Wednesday following Algeria’s friendly with Mexico on Tuesday evening.

However, The Mirror adds that because David Moyes is mooting at a deal for King, the deal for Benrahma could fall through.

Brentford co-director of football Phil Giles will now make a last ditch attempt to salvage the deal by sitting down with the player when he returns from international duty.

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