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West Ham boss Moyes won't rush Benrahma introduction

West Ham boss David Moyes has no plans to rush Said Benrahma's introduction.

The winger joined from Brentford on deadline day in a deal which could eventually cost £30million.

The 25-year-old could face another Algerian winger in Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez at the London Stadium, but Moyes played down comparisons between the pair and insisted that Benrahma still needs to prove he can play in the Premier League.

“Said's doing well," said Moyes. “I think he's needing to get up to speed with what we want and where we are. The way the players are playing, it's given me that opportunity to get a bit more time with him.

“Like I always say, with the boys I bring in from the Championship, I'm not in a great rush to put them in the team.

"I want to give them opportunities, but I want to do it at the right time, when I think it's best for them. There's a difference in that Mahrez came from the champions in Leicester, and we're bringing Said from the Championship.

“We're bringing him on and developing him and looking to see if he can step up to the levels required.

“But what I've seen at the moment is good signs. We're trying to get him a little quicker, a little more ready for the Premier League.

"I've done it with a lot of Championship players over the years, so I'll take my time, bring him on when I'm ready and, hopefully, get him in the right condition to start and play well when he does."

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