Leeds 'pushing hard' for £25m Said Benrahma deal as Brentford transfer exit plan confirmed

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Leeds want to sign Said Benrahma from Brentford and Thomas Frank has already confirmed that the club will sell one of their big stars this summer. The Bees suffered Championship play-off final heartache last night against west London rivals Fulham as they were beaten 2-0 after extra-time.

Benrahma cut a dejected figure after the defeat and the Algerian was prepared to put his future to one side while Brentford reflected upon a memorable season.

He has been one of the best players in the Championship this season, lighting up the division with his drilling ability and prowess in front of goal.

The 24-year-old scored 17 times in the league as Brentford missed out on an automatic promotion by the finest of margins.

Brentford boss Frank already previously confirmed that the club will sell at least one player this summer with Benrahma among those to have attracted interest from top clubs.

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According to The Mirror, Leeds are now ready to make a £25million swoop for the winger.

Marcelo Bielsa has seen just how good Benrahma has been this season and views him as one of the best players in England outside of the Premier League.

For that reason, he is keen to persuade Elland Road chiefs to break the bank for his signature.

Benrahma told Sky last night: “I am not thinking about [my future] at all at the moment, I am trying to put that to one side.”

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Chelsea, West Ham and Aston Villa are all credited with interest when it comes to the 24-year-old.

Villa tried to sign the star a year ago but had a £14million bid rejected by Brentford.

Now they face a fight to sign Benrahma, who looks destined to move to the Premier League this summer.

There is also interest from Villa and Crystal Palace in his team-mate Ollie Watkins.

Villa boss Dean Smith has worked with him at Griffin Park before and the young striker finished as the top scorer in the Championship this season.

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