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West Ham want midfield giant after he impressed David Moyes on first visit to English soil

Angel Di Maria, Amadou Onana and Leandro Paredes during Lille vs PSG

West Ham want Lille midfield giant Amadou Onana after he impressed David Moyes on his first visit to English soil, according to a report.

Onana, 20, started the recent Champions League clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. He has grown increasingly involved for the Ligue 1 side this season after they signed him last summer from Hamburg in Germany, where he spent his youth career.

They spent more than £6m on the Belgian under-21 international, then just 19-years-old, and tied him down to a five-year contract.

But with Lille struggling this season Onana could be tempted by a move away.

And The Sun claim the Hammers are looking to make a summer approach. They would have to pay £20million plus for him.

Moyes has that sort of money at his disposal, though. It could also be a wise investment with Onana’s price set to sky-rocket as his profile increases.

Standing at nearly 6’4″ tall, the defensive midfielder is hard to not take note of.


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He seems like the perfect fit for West Ham’s side. Especially with Declan Rice seemingly destined for a top six move in the coming years.

Spartak Moscow loanee Alex Kral also looks unlikely to be staying past the summer. He has made just three appearances this season.

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Moyes on West Ham tenterhooks

Meanwhile, Moyes is on tenterhooks as two influential West Ham stars are doubts for their Europa League clash.

The Hammers have one of, if not the, biggest game in their recent history coming up this week. They travel to Spain to take on Sevilla in the first leg of their round-of-16 clash on Thursday.

As record six-time winners of the competition, the La Liga outfit present a very tough challenge.

So it was a nightmare for Moyes, who was already without Rice, when Jarrod Bowen limped off against Liverpool yesterday.

David Moyes head in hands

Speaking about the winger post-match, he said: “They seem to think that the tackle from [Andy] Robertson, around his heel area.

“Not sure where but we will get him scanned. Jarrod has been exceptional for us so the last thing we want is for him to be injured.

“It could be nothing, but in the same breath I didn’t like the way he wasn’t able to put his weight through his foot so that worries me.

“He has been playing really well for us so it would be a blow if we go into the Sevilla game without him.

“Declan had illness that came on on Thursday and through Friday. We are hoping it will not be too bad but I can’t tell at the minute.”

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