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West Ham settle on price for Lille powerhouse Amadou Onana as talks over deal continue

Amadou Onana, Belgium v Netherlands June 2022

West Ham United are reportedly still in transfer talks with French side Lille about signing Amadou Onana this summer.

Sky Sports claims that the Hammers have already had a £32million bid for the 20-year-old rejected by Lille. However, negotiations remain ongoing about a fee and how the payments can be structured.

West Ham insiders Claret and Hugh state the club are willing to pay around £34million the midfielder.

David Moyes has already had a busy summer, bringing in Alphonse Areola, Nayef Aguerd, Flynn Downes and Gianluca Scamacca.

However, the Scot still wants to add another central midfielder following Mark Noble’s retirement.

And that’s where Onana fits the bill, with Sky Sports reporting that talks are ongoing.

It’s claimed that the current hold-up surrounds the fee and the payment structure. However, there is a strong hope that a deal can be reached before the summer window shuts on September 1.

Onana, who stands at 6ft 5in, is known for his stamina and athletic qualities and is made for English football.

The report adds that he will provide competition for and cover for Tomas Soucek, who was linked with an exit earlier this summer.

In 32 Ligue 1 games last term, Onana averaged 1.5 tackles and one interception per game.

Onana highly regarded in Belgium 

A fee of between £35-40m would appear to represent good business for West Ham, with Onana regarded as one of Belgium’s top young talents.

Indeed, the midfielder was handed his first senior appearance for his country against the Netherlands back in June.

Another midfielder on Moyes’ radar is Napoli star Piotr Zielinski, with the Hammers still expected to make an improved offer for the Poland international.

Zielinski is more of an attack-minded midfielder than Onana. However, the likelihood of Moyes bringing in both is incredibly slim.

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