Dharmesh Sheth has dropped an update on the future of reported West Ham United transfer target Amadou Onana.
In a recent post on Twitter, the Sky Sports reporter revealed that, following a number of reports linking David Moyes’ side with a move for the LOSC Lille defensive midfielder this summer, the Premier League side have now agreed a €40m (£33.5m) deal for the Belgium international.
The journalist went on to state that, as of Wednesday, the deal is still a long way from being completed, as personal terms with the 20-year-old are still yet to be agreed upon.
In his tweet, Sheth said: “West Ham United agree a fee with Lille for midfielder Amadou Onana. Fee understood to be €40m including add-ons. Deal LONG way from being done – personal terms not close to being agreed. Lille reluctant sellers but conscious they may not get deal like this again.”
Considering just how exciting a prospect Onana very much appears to be, the news that West Ham now look to be closing in on a deal to bring the one-cap international to the London Stadium this summer – potentially beating the likes of Arsenal to the midfielder’s signature – undoubtedly represents a huge coup for Moyes and his side.
Indeed, over his 32 Ligue 1 fixtures last time out, the £9m-rated youngster enjoyed a sensational campaign, scoring one goal and creating three big chances for his teammates, in addition to making an average of 1.5 interceptions, 0.9 tackles and winning 3.4 duels – at a success rate of 54% – per game.
These returns saw the £5.5k-per-week talent who Jacek Kulig dubbed a “masterclass” average a very respectable SofaScore match rating of 6.85, ranking him as Les Dogues’ joint ninth-best player in the league last season.
Further still, according to FBref, the former Hamburger SV starlet also ranks in the top 6% of midfielders in Europe’s big five leagues and European competitions for tackles per 90, as well as the top 21% for aerial duels won, the top 24% for clearances and the top 25% for interceptions over the past 12 months. All of that would make him a rather dominative partner for a certain Declan Rice in the middle of the park as the Irons aim to push hard for an elusive European trophy and a place among the Premier League’s top six.
Therefore, while it is true that Onana is very much at the beginning of his professional career at the highest level of the game, considering just how much raw potential the 20-year-old evidently possesses, should West Ham go on to seal a deal for the Belgian sensation, and Moyes’ men do indeed go far in Europe, it would undoubtedly be something of a transfer masterclass for the east London side.