West Ham United have been dealt a blow of their bid to convey Amadou Onana to the London Stadium this summer season.
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That’s in line with a report by The Guardian, who revealed that Everton have now matched West Ham’s bid of €40m (£33.5m) for the LOSC Lille midfielder, with Frank Lampard believed to be hoping so as to add two new central midfielders to his squad previous to the closure of the summer season window on September 1.
The report goes on to state that, regardless of David Moyes’ facet trying to have been main the race for the 20-year-old’s signature for almost all of the summer season, it’s now thought that the Belgium worldwide would like a transfer to Goodison Park forward of 1 to east London.
Blow for Moyes
Contemplating simply how shut it initially appeared West Ham have been to sealing a deal for Onana, along with how promising a expertise the defensive midfielder evidently is, the information that Everton now look as if they may steal the 20-year-old away from the Hammers’ grasp this summer season is bound to return as an enormous blow to Moyes and his switch staff.
Certainly, there are very clear similarities between Onana and West Ham’s personal holding midfield star, Declan Rice, with the Lille teen besting the England worldwide in tackles – 3.44 to 2.18 – tackles that gained possession – 2.19 to 1.50 – pressures – 16.8 to 13.5 – and solely narrowly falling wanting Rice’s variety of interceptions per 90 – 2.25 to 2.69 – over the course of the 2021/22 marketing campaign.
The £9m-rated expertise additionally seems an identical participant to the West Ham captain in possession of the ball, making an attempt 1.32 dribbles to Rice’s 1.73, making an attempt 43.6 passes to the Englishman’s 60.9 and finishing 9.40 passes underneath stress to the 23-year-old’s 8.75 per 90 final day out.
As such, with Rice being valued at a whopping £150m by the Hammers, and Onana posting some very comparable numbers in key metrics compared to the 32-cap worldwide final season, it might very a lot seem as if a £33.5m deal for the £5.5k-per-week participant who Jonas Boldt dubbed a “promising younger expertise” might have been one thing of a steal for Moyes.
Nevertheless, with it now showing as if Everton are main the race for the 20-year-old, the West Ham boss might have to show his consideration within the switch market elsewhere with a view to convey midfield reinforcements into the membership previous to September’s deadline – an end result that will surely be a supply of nice frustration for the 59-year-old.