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Moyes told why beating Tottenham to giant African striker target is a must for West Ham

Genk's Paul Onuachu pictured in action during the Jupiler Pro League match between Standard de Liege and Genk

West Ham manager David Moyes has been told that Paul Onuachu is “definitely ready” for the Premier League amid ongoing transfer links with the Hammers.

David Moyes has had limited options at centre-forward since the departure of Sebastien Haller. He moved to Ajax for £20m in January 2021 and has proved a big success in Holland. However, his departure has left the Hammers without cover and competition for Michail Antonio up front.

The Hammers have been linked with a plethora of names as they look to bring in a fresh face. However, Moyes is yet to see a move bear fruit, despite scouring the market for a number of potential recruits.

One of those who has found his name persistently linked is Onuachu.

The 27-year-old managed 35 goals in all competitions last term as Genk finished fourth in the Belgian top flight.

And the Nigerian has continued his fine form into this campaign, scoring 16 times and having one assist so far.

Why West Ham are yet to make a firm approach remains to be seen.

However, amid links with Tottenham and Arsenal too, Moyes has been given a ringing endorsement of Onuachu’s qualities.

Indeed, the belief in Belgium is that Onuachu is “definitely ready” for the step up to the Premier League.

Time has come for Paul Onuachu

That’s according to his former manager Brian Priske and Belgian analyst Marc Degryse, who both believe the time has come for the 27-year-old to make the move.

“He is definitely ready for a bigger league,” Priske said in a chat with HLN, via Sport Witness.

“I thought he was ready in the summer, I think it’s a shame he’s not playing in England already.

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“I keep finding it strange that nobody from the Premier League has come and got him,” added Degryse.

“I’m not talking about the absolute top, but just below it. I see a lot of players there who I think are less than Onuachu. With a year’s delay, he should be able to make that step into a top five competition.”

Hammers face Rhys Healey competition

Meanwhile, another striker the Hammers are looking at is Toulouse striker Rhys Healey.

The former Milton Keynes Dons striker is currently starring in France’s second division and is currently top scorer in Ligue 2.

The Manchester-born attacker has scored 15 league and cup goals in 26 appearances, as well as grabbing three assists.

Healey was the subject of interest late in the January window by the likes of West Ham, Newcastle, Burnley and Crystal Palace, but he stayed put.

Now a move back to the British mainland is firmly on the cards this summer. We understand Chris Wilder’s Middlesbrough, pushing for promotion to the Premier League, are also taking a keen interest.

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