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Tottenham ‘set to enter race for Brentford forward Said Benrahma’ following play-off defeat

Tottenham are set to enter the race for £16million-rated forward Said Benrahma following Brentford’s failure to achieve Premier League promotion, according to reports.

The news comes with The Bees set to break up their strike force consisting of the Algerian playmaker, Bryan Mbeumo and Ollie Watkins, who scored 58 goals between them in the Championship last season.

Thomas Frank’s side were defeated by Fulham in Tuesday night’s play-off final, with Watkins also missing out on the Golden Boot.

Now according to The Mirror, with Benrahma – who has been heavily linked with London side Chelsea and Arsenal – determined to play in the top flight next season, Brentford will listen to offers for their 24-year-old star. 

The report adds that West Ham are big admirers of the Algeria international but that their need to sell before they can buy means Spurs could steal a march in the race for Benrahma. 

The Hammers are also looking to prioritise defensive reinforcements and that could hand another advantage to their London rivals. 

Jose Mourinho has however already warned that Spurs are ‘not going to spend rivers of money’ during the current transfer window.

The club borrowed £175million of government cash in June to respond to the financial impact of the Covid-19 crisis.

Benrahma contributed 17 goals and eight assists to Brentford’s promotion push this season. He has already told the club of his determination to play Premier League football next season.

The same outlet claims Leeds and Aston Villa are also keen on Benrahma, who worked with Villa boss Dean Smith at Griffin Park and the West Midlands club likely to invest heavily after escaping relegation from the Premier League.

Brentford had initially slapped a £25m price tag on Benrahma, but even if that fee drops to the mooted £16m following their defeat at Wembley on Tuesday, it would still represent a big profit on the man they signed for just £2.7m from Ligue 1 side Nice in 2018.

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