Saïd Benrahma

Squad No. 9
Date of Birth August 10, 1995
Age 26
Height 172cm
Team
Position Forward
Birthplace Aïn Témouchent
Previous Clubs Brentford FC

Mohamed Saïd Benrahma (born 10 August 1995) is an Algerian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Premier League club West Ham United and the Algeria national team. He has previously played for Nice, Angers, Gazélec Ajaccio and Châteauroux.

Benrahma was born in Aïn Témouchent and grew up in Sidi Bel Abbès. He moved to Toulouse, France with his parents at the age of 11 and holds a French passport. Benrahma’s father died in January 2020 and he publicly dedicated each of his subsequent five goals to him.

In September 2015, Benrahma was called up to the Algeria national team for friendly matches against Guinea and Senegal. He made his debut in the match versus Senegal on 13 October 2015, when he came on as a substitute for Baghdad Bounedjah after 70 minutes of the 1–0 victory. One month later, Benrahma was called into the squad for two 2018 World Cup second round qualifiers versus Tanzania, but did not make an appearance. Benrahma’s club form at Brentford during the 2018–19 season was recognised with a call-up for two 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers and he won his second international cap with a start in a 1–0 win over Tunisia on 26 March 2019. He was named in Algeria’s preliminary squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, but was forced to withdraw due to injury.

On 16 October 2020, Benrahma joined Premier League club West Ham United on an initial season-long loan deal, with an agreement to make the transfer permanent. In January 2021 the loan deal was terminated early as West Ham signed Benrahma on a permanent contract. The club agreed to pay £25m plus £5m in add-ons. The transfer fee made Benrahma West Ham’s third most expensive player behind Sebastien Haller and Felipe Anderson.