West Ham's Said Benrahma

West Ham permanently sign Said Benrahma freeing up loan space for Jesse Lingard

West Ham loanee Said Benrahma has joined the Premier League club on a permanent transfer, paving the way for Jesse Lingard to join the Hammers.

Benrahma, 25, initially joined on loan from Sky Bet Championship side Brentford on deadline day during the summer transfer window, after an issue with his medical.

The Hammers were due to make that deal permanent in the last window, but have now completed the transfer, worth £25m plus £5m in add-ons, early in order to free up a loan space in their squad.

With defender Craig Dawson on loan from Watford the Hammers had reached the maximum number of domestic loan players in their squad.

West Ham will hope to acquire the 2017/18 Jesse Lingard if he signs

But having freed up their loan space, they now look likely to capture Manchester United's Lingard on a temporary basis.

The midfielder, 28, has been looking for a move elsewhere having made just three appearances for his boyhood club all season.

Algerian forward Benrahma has signed a contract at the London Stadium until 2026.

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