Journalist: Amadou Onana ready for Premier League move amid West Ham United interest
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Lille midfielder Amadou Onana is ready to play in the Premier League, after West Ham had a bid of around £19m rejected for him.
The Hammers identified the 20-year-old Belgium international as a target for their midfield after Mark Noble’s retirement and Alex Kral was sent back to Spartak Moscow following a poor loan spell in 2021/22.
Onana has also attracted interest from Arsenal, and Lowy believes he could be an interesting option for either side should he make the move away from Ligue 1.
“Yeah I’ve seen him a little bit,” he told The Football Wonderkids.
“He seems like a very intriguing box-to-box midfielder, capable of dribbling and working on both sides of the pitch. So I think that he could be a very intriguing move for them.
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“I know that quite a few teams are interested, but yeah he definitely seems like a player whose ready to play in the Premier League.
“It’s hard for me to say who he’d be best for, but I think he’d be an interesting option for either side right now.”
West Ham had a bid rejected last week according to Sky Sports, and the club are currently weighing up whether or not they will return with a fresh bid.
Club insider ExWHUemployee says that Lille are looking for a fee of around €60m (£51.4m), whereas West Ham would likely only go as high as around €45m (£38.5m).
Arsenal are also said to hold an interest and he could be the ideal midfield target for Mikel Arteta, although no official move has been made by the Gunners.
In other West Ham news, Orkun Kokcu is a target for the Hammers according to Fabrizio Romano