With Aston Villa having been long linked with Brentford attacker Said Benrahma, the Ollie Watkins speculation has overshadowed that story of late and today we have a new twist – West Ham United youngster Grady Diangana.
Despite it being believed that West Ham have agreed an £18million deal with West Bromwich Albion for the services of the talented 22-year-old and that personal terms are now being discussed, Sky Sports have claimed that Villa and Fulham have now entered the race at the 11th hour.
Understandably a total fee of £18million is better than the claimed £25million Brentford want for Benrahma, and Sky also believe that The Hammers will move for the Algerian once the Diangana deal goes through.
Diangana Or Benrahma?
With eight Championship goals and six assists to Grady’s name last season at The Hawthorns (mainly midfield left), he’s beginning to make quite a name for himself following his youthful promise (England youth caps) and I can see why we’d be interested in him.
I’m just not sure our interest is genuine if we’ve only moved following Albion agreeing a deal as they’ve been after him all summer. But I guess our interest could’ve peaked if Sky are right in saying £12million upfront with the remainder performance related bonuses?
From our point of view, for a homegrown player, it is more financially palatable than Benrahma.
At least we are now up and running with Cash now available for the new campaign.