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Lyon confirm exactly what they will be paying West Ham for Benrahma

Lyon confirm exactly what they will be paying West Ham for Benrahma

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Lyon have confirmed exactly what they will be paying West Ham for Said Benrahma in a new statement released on Saturday.

Old foes Lyon tried to make West Ham look silly in public this week – and not for the first time.

And not the first time the French winkers have been left with egg on their faces.

West Ham have had their name dragged through the mud by Lyon – whose behaviour on and off the pitch during the feisty Europa League encounters two years ago was nothing short of embarrassing.

Let’s not forget the club’s former president Jean-Michel Aulas also aimed a dig at West Ham by essentially labelling them a small club when they signed Lucas Paqueta from Lyon.

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Blame game shame

So it took some front when the Ligue 1 strugglers publicly lambasted West Ham amid issues over finalising the deal to sign Said Benrahma on deadline day.

In a strongly worded statement, Lyon were particularly scathing, labelling West Ham’s behaviour “incomprehensible”, adding: “Olympique Lyonnais deeply regrets this situation and this decision, demonstrating a profound lack of respect on the part of West Ham towards the institution and the player.”

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Lyon clearly owe the Hammers a big apology after the deal was ratified post deadline, proving the authorities were satisfied there were indeed technical issues at West Ham’s end.

West Ham confirmed a seriously disappointing twist to the Benrahma deal in a statement overnight.

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Lyon confirm what they’ll be paying West Ham for Benrahma

Because the loan move does not contain an obligation to buy – as had been widely and incorrectly reported by a host of journalists and news outlets.

The Hammers did not release any financial details of the Benrahma move in their official announcement.

But now Lyon have confirmed exactly what they will be paying West Ham for Benrahma in a new statement.

The French club failed to offer any form of public apology for their criticism of the Hammers.

They have made clear how much the deal is – and will be – costing them IF they decide to make it permanent in the summer.

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£17.4m total package and unlikely 10% sell-on

And it will be a total package of £17.4m plus a 10% sell on clause – applied to any future and frankly highly unlikely – profit they make on the 28-year-old winger.

West Ham are guaranteed £5.1m by way of a loan fee. And should Lyon decide to make the move permanent they will pay a further £12.3m.

“After obtaining all the necessary documents for the validation of the operation, Olympique Lyonnais confirms the arrival on loan of the 28-year-old Algerian international forward, Saïd Benrahma, from West Ham, until June 30, 2024,” the statement reads on Lyon’s official website.

“This paid loan, amounting to £5.1 million (approximately €6 million), comes with a purchase option of £12.3 million (approximately €14.4 million) and a 10% interest in the capital gain in the event of a potential future transfer.”

So it is a good deal for the Hammers – but only if Benrahma impresses and Lyon take up the option. Otherwise the player returns to West Ham in the summer with a year left on his contract and and even lower value.

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