Crystal Palace ‘to win £ 20m race for Brentford star Said Benrahma’ as Aston Villa and West Ham retire for flying wing race
- Crystal Palace is ready to pounce for Said Benrahma after averting a bidding war
- The Brentford winger was instrumental in their march to the league play-offs last season
- But the 25-year-old’s potential arrival leaves Andros Townsend’s future unclear
Crystal Palace look to have a clear path to sign Said Benrahma from Brentford after their main rivals pulled out of the race to get the wing.
Aston Villa and West Ham had also been thrilled with the 25-year-old, but their interest has waned in recent weeks.
According to The Sun, this leaves Palace in line for a £ 20m swoop for the Algerian, with the London club keen to avoid entering a bidding war.
Crystal Palace is reportedly the favorite to land Said Benrahma from Brentford for £ 20m
Benrahma was a key man helping the Bees in the league play-offs last season
Benrahma has been a star at Brentford since joining the club two years ago, proving the key to their march to the play-offs last season, but has ambition to move up to the Premier League after settling in London.
With Palace recently landed another talented Eberechi Eze forward from QPR, Roy Hodgson’s side are hoping to muster the best talent in the league that could help them avoid a relegation battle in the Premier League around this time.
The Eagles plummeted after the lockdown to leave them in the lower half of the table after fighting for a European spot.
But the arrival of the winger could lead to the exit of former England international Andros Townsend
But while Benrahma’s potential arrival means more offensive options on the wing, it puts pressure on the future of the likes of Andros Townsend.
If finances turn out well, the Eagles may also be tempted to sell the former England international in a bid to freshen up faces at Selhurst Park.
The report also claims that another star may be exiting the Eagles’ locker room, with Club Brugge fielding a £ 10m swoop for Christian Benteke.
The Eagles started their Premier League season on Saturday with a 1-0 win over Southampton.