Journalist Fabrizio Romano has revealed an exciting West Ham United transfer update over their pursuit of Lille midfielder Amadou Onana.
In a recent column for Caught Offside, the Italian journalist revealed that West Ham have “submitted” a €38m (£32m) bid for Onana but that there wasn’t yet a “definitive agreement”.
He explained how the Hammers are prioritising the signing of Gianluca Scamacca first before they then focus their attention on negotiating for Onana.
The news is an exciting development in what has already been a busy transfer window for the east London outfit. Manager David Moyes is looking to strengthen his side considerably in order to qualify for Europe again next season.
Supporters of the club will be buzzing to hear the news that another new player could be on their way to the London Stadium.
Adding Onana would provide good competition and leave Moyes with an array of quality players to choose from. Despite only being 20 years old he has already been capped once by Belgium and featured heavily in Lille’s league campaign last season.
It’s likely that he would be competing with Downes and Tomas Soucek to start in a midfield pairing alongside club captain Declan Rice. He compares well to the Hammers skipper and won 59% of his total duels last season which is more than the Englishman.
There were recent doubts over West Ham’s ability to complete the deal after interest was shown from Liverpool, however, The Athletic’s James Pearce confirmed on Twitter that the Reds have no plans to further strengthen their midfield which is a boost for Moyes’ side.
He’s extremely talented for his age and will likely only improve as he gets older, West Ham have a great chance to secure him now and shouldn’t waste any time or they may lose out to another club.