West Ham reportedly want 35-goal striker in transfer window; cup winners demanding £25.8m
West Ham are weighing up a move for striker Paul Onuachu in the transfer window after a campaign in which the 27-year-old scored 35 goals in all competitions, according to a report from All Nigeria Soccer.
The Hammers look set to strengthen their striker options in the summer. David Moyes’s side did a remarkable job this past season considering their lack of depth in attack.
The club sold Sebastien Haller in January, leaving Michail Antonio as the one clear striker option within the ranks.
Onuachu meanwhile, has enjoyed a stunning season with Genk. He scored 35 goals, including 33 in the league.
According to All Nigeria Soccer, he has been offered to several Premier League sides. However, his £25.8 million asking price has put various teams off making a move.
West Ham however, remain interested. And the report suggests that they are battling AC Milan for the Nigeria international.
Pursuing Onuachu transfer may be gamble for West Ham
West Ham have produced a number of masterstrokes in the transfer window. Many of those were somewhat written off early on.
So it would certainly be a mistake to write off Onuachu if he did move to the London Stadium.
But it would certainly be a gamble if West Ham are, indeed, interested.
So far during his career, he has only played in Denmark and Belgium. He is therefore, untested in one of the major leagues in Europe.
But he is set to command a marquee fee. So it would certainly be a roll of the dice for West Ham to go anywhere near Genk’s asking price.
Unfortunately, Onuachu is hardly a young player. So he may not be able to improve too much more over the coming years.
Perhaps therefore, it is fair to suggest that West Ham may be able to find better value elsewhere on the market.