ExWHUemployee has dropped an update on reported West Ham United transfer target Amadou Onana.
What’s the talk?
In a recent post on Twitter, the Hammers transfer insider confirmed that, following Dharmesh Sheth’s tweet claiming that David Moyes is considering a second bid for the LOSC Lille defensive midfielder after seeing an initial €23m (£20m) offer rejected, this is indeed the case.
In response to a question asking whether the reports of West Ham’s interest in Onana are accurate, Ex replied: “Yes.”
In further comments made on The West Ham Way podcast, Ex went on to reveal that, while the Ligue 1 side are believed to be demanding a figure in the region of €60m (£51m) for the 20-year-old, the Irons are only willing to offer up to €45m (£39m) for the Belgium international this summer.
Regarding the club’s pursuit of the Lille midfielder, the insider said: “We put in a bid of around €23m. Definitely, 100% a target. Apparently, Lille are looking for up to €60m for him and want to encourage a bidding war with Arsenal to try and get the figure up as close towards €60m as possible.
“West Ham now have a dilemma as to whether they go back in. They won’t offer €60m for him, not for a midfielder who’s not proven. I doubt they’d pay €60m for a player like that, but if they could get him for around €40m or €45m then it might be something that we consider.
“I think it’s a deal that could be revisited, not in the near future as in this week but maybe next or in the not-so-distant future.”
Supporters will be buzzing
Considering just how exciting a prospect Onana looks to be, Ex’s claim that West Ham are considering a second bid for the 20-year-old is sure to be news that will leave the London Stadium faithful buzzing.
Indeed, following his €8.5m (£7m) move to Lille last summer, the £9m-rated talent highly impressed over his 32 Ligue 1 appearances in 2021/22, scoring one goal and creating three big chances for his teammates, as well as making an average of 1.5 interceptions, 0.9 tackles and winning 3.4 duels – at a success rate of 54% – per game.
Furthermore, according to FBref data, the £5.5k-per-week Belgian also ranks in the top 6% of midfielders in Europe’s big five leagues and European competitions for tackles per 90, in addition to the top 21% for aerials won, the top 24% for clearances and the top 25% for interceptions over the last 365 days.
As such, with Mark Noble having retired from professional football at the end of last season, coupled with both Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek being linked with moves away from east London this summer, it is easy to see why Moyes would be interested in a move for Onana ahead of West Ham’s 2022/23 campaign.
Indeed, the one-cap international who Jonas Boldt dubbed a “promising young talent” would not only appear to be a signing who will simply plug the Noble-shaped hole in the Hammers midfield next term, but he could well become the Irons’ first-choice in the position for many a year to come.