Lyon accuse West Ham of 'lack of respect' after Benrahma deal collapses

Said Benrahma
Said Benrahma

West Ham United have confirmed Said Benrahma's loan move to Lyon wasn't completed in time.

A club spokesperson said: “West Ham United can confirm that the deadline day deal for Said Benrahma to join Olympique Lyonnais was not concluded ahead of the deadline, with a deal unable to be completed before 11pm.”

But in a translated statement put out by a French club, they accuse the Hammers of a "lack of respect towards the institution and player" - adding: "At the start of the evening, while Olympique Lyonnais had entered all the administrative data on the dedicated FIFA platform (FIFA TMS), West Ham had never launched the slightest technical procedure on its part, despite the repeated reminders from the OL and continuous mutual telephone communication.

"In the absence of this reciprocal action on the part of the English club and following this incomprehensible behaviour, raising questions, the international transfer certificate could not be requested before closing time.

"The club reserves the right to undertake all appropriate procedures necessary to validate the transaction at a later date, and to hold West Ham responsible if necessary."