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Crystal Palace in talks for Algerian winger Benrahma

Crystal Palace in talks for Algerian winger Benrahma

Crystal Palace have opened talks with Brentford over a deal for Said Benrahma, who is set to cost £25million should the Eagles push ahead with a move.

Benrahma has just enjoyed a stellar campaign in the Sky Bet Championship, forming a prolific front-three with Ollie Watkins – who has joined Aston Villa – and Bryan Mbeumo, with the trio scoring a combined 57 goals.

According to Sky Sports, Brentford will sell Benrahma provided a club meets their £25m valuation.

The 25-year-old Algeria international almost helped Brentford reach the Premier League for the first time in their history last season, reaching the play-off final after a third-placed finish before losing to Fulham at Wembley.

He scored 17 goals and provided 10 assists, leading to speculation linking him with Premier League clubs such as Chelsea, Arsenal and promoted side Leeds. West Ham and Aston Villa were recently also rumoured to be interested.

Palace are keen to invest in attacking talent during this window while they are also looking to bring the average age of their squad down. The Eagles have already signed Nathan Ferguson, Eberechi Eze and Michy Batshuayi – the latter on a season-long loan from Chelsea – and are keen to add one more.

The club are also keeping a close eye on Sassuolo’s Jeremie Boga – formerly of Chelsea – should Wilfried Zaha move on this summer. The winger would set Palace back around £35million should they make a move, though there has been little to no interest in Zaha so far this summer.

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