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West Ham working hard for Amadou Onana deal

West Ham are showing an interest in Lille midfielder Amadou Onana, and are working hard to secure the signing.

What’s the word?

That’s according to journalist Pete O’Rourke, who told GIVEMESPORT that the club are working hard to sign the midfielder.

He said: “I think West Ham will be working around the clock to try and get a deal done as soon as possible to ward off interest from other potential suitors.

“A position that West Ham are looking to strengthen is central midfield and Onana fits the bill, I think, for the Premier League and also for West Ham.”

Imagine him and Rice

West Ham appear to be making huge strides in the transfer market this summer, in an attempt to convince their prized asset of their ambition.

Now it seems that Declan Rice could have a new midfield partner, and the two could prove to be a formidable duo in the centre of the park for the Irons.

Onana featured 31 times last season in the league for Lille, offering up a respectable 6.85 average SofaScore rating that is indicative of his consistency and willingness to do the dirty work.

The midfielder averaged 1.5 tackles and 0.9 interceptions per game, and is dribbled past just 0.2 times per 90. The 20-year-old is a strong, tough-tackling footballer with an ability to turn and propel his team forward.

He was labelled a “huge talent” by scout Jacek Kulig and he appears to have made huge strides in his career since then.

He and Rice could both occupy similar roles and could facilitate one another with regard to both defensive and offensive work, but the midfielder would cost over £25m, with the Irons already seeing bids rejected for his services.

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In fact, he ranks in the 94th percentile for his tackles per 90, whilst also boasting 0.5 key passes per 90. He is not the most expansive but is liable to thread the needle every now and then.

However, it is his guardian role that could see Rice further propel his career, as his defensive shackles could be lifted to allow his ability to attack to flourish.

David Moyes must swoop to land this young Belgian, and potentially create one of the better midfield pairings in the league.

AND, in other news: West Ham eyeing move for “devastating” £30m-rated gem, he’s better than Antonio.

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