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Hammers’ Onana pursuit: The latest

By Dave Langton

West Ham remain in talks with Lille as they aim to sign Amadou Onana from Lille, amid reports of a [otential hijack from Everton.

The Irons have agreed a fee with the French club, in the region of £33.5m, after their bid was accepted earlier this week.

There have been suggestions on Thursday morning that there is interest from the Toffees in securing Onana’s signature, with the Merseyside club reported to have matched the Hammers’ offer.

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However, sources at the London Stadium insist that the Irons remain in the running to sign the Belgium international and are still hopeful of reaching an agreement over personal terms. There is a belief the player would want around £100,000-per-week in wages.

Onana’s camp have been in talks with the Hammers since the bid was accepted and boss David Moyes is understood to be a big fan of the player.

Of course, he has pursued players for a number of months previously, with the Kurt Zouma saga dragging on and on before he was eventually signed.

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A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

7 comments on “Hammers’ Onana pursuit: The latest

  1. Listen we actually would be stronger with Onana & he will get even better , he is some player . Surely we can match any terms Everton offer we should not let this one slip through our hands . I don’t want to hear we tried and failed rubbish if we really do try we will probably sign him. Just sometimes players are worth a little more believe me he is one of them !

  2. But he wants Everton apparently. Which leads me to ask which of the following is more likely to be true:

    a) Onana is an Everton fan
    b) Onana’s footballing hero was Frank Lampard
    c) Onana thinks the football prospects are better at Everton
    d) An agent is spreading porkies to drive the price up

    Think I know which one is more likely.

  3. Fingers crossed about this one.
    I just watched Geo and Gonzo’s take on this and it’s well worth the watch and spot on with with how most of us feel on this!

  4. This does sound like another case of “Here we go AGAIN” To chase a player all summer only to have another club step in and snap him up under our noses. In this case it does sound very strange that given we were the only Club to be negotiating with Lille how Everton have agreed personal terms with the player. If so, wouldn’t this be a case of tapping up if they have been negotiating with the player without agreeing a fee? Also Everton are supposed to be in financial difficulties despite selling Richarlison? Also aren’t they already sailing close to the wind regarding FFP? All this being the case it is hard to see how Everton get this over the line. But it was also difficult to see Lingard joining a newly promoted side over us that could also provide European football. There are a lot of questions that need to be answered but the main question should be how do we keep loosing out to teams that are not as attractive as us? Surely the question needs to be asked who is responsible for these shambles and shouldn’t changes be made?

  5. I trust Moyes to buy Onana if he thinks he’s worth the money and if not then pass on him. Weve been doing a great job so far this window in not only buying in quality upgrades but also getting rid of those that weren’t quite up to the standard. Just seen by the way that Ryan Fredericks had already picked up an injury over at Bournemouth. Enough said.

  6. He’ll sign, and with Cornet and Kostic both coming too (mark my words!) things are all of a sudden looking pretty rosey. Add Dennis to that trio and the title’s ours…!!

  7. Fredericks and Masuaku were two of the most infuriating players last year (and before) and whilst I wished they would succeed, and now wish them well, I think it’s a net benefit to our squad, for sure. Cornet, Kostic and Onana and I think we’re in reasonable shape.

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