Danny Murphy questioned West Ham’s strategy within the switch market as they shut in on the signing of Mentioned Benrahma from Brentford.
The Hammers are reportedly set to signal the ahead from the Championship membership earlier than Friday’s home deadline, having agreed a deal value as much as £30m for the Algeria worldwide.
Benrahma has not but agreed private phrases with the Hammers, however a medical is deliberate for Wednesday and he needs to make the step as much as the Premier League so a contract ought to be signed with out an excessive amount of fuss.
The 25-year-old will hyperlink up with the east Londoners the week after they offloaded fellow attacker Felipe Anderson, who joined Porto on mortgage for the rest of the season.
Nonetheless, public statements have been made by the membership about their must signal extra defenders this summer season, a switch plan very a lot at odds with the transfer for Benrahma.
And former Liverpool, Tottenham and Fulham midfielder Murphy believes West Ham’s resolution to spend a lot cash on one other attacking participant is ‘unusual’.
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“He’s a brilliant expertise and I’m positive he’ll add high quality to the squad and competitors for locations,” started Murphy on Monday’s White and Jordan present on talkSPORT. “However with Bowen, Yarmolenko, Fornals, Lanzini, Antonio and Haller, to be utilizing one of the best a part of £30m on a participant who you wouldn’t say is a precedence…
“When West Ham are speaking about needing defensive again ups after which they need to plough that dough in a ahead participant after they’ve acquired tons.
“West Ham are going effectively on the minute so followers will admire any signings, and it’ll take a bit bit off the homeowners and that can subside for just a few weeks till they lose a pair.
“If they’re after a centre-half, which is what they actually need – defensive back-up – then it appears unusual they’re ploughing that a lot dough into this lad.
“He’s solely had one actually good season within the Championship.
“You’ve got lots of choices there. It’s not like they’re in Europe and might share the load. They’re gathering extensive gamers.”