West Ham United have no intention of meeting Amadou Onana’s wage demands as Premier League rivals Everton are close to a £35m deal for the Ligue 1 outlet in Lille, according to the Standard newspaper.
This isn’t the first time a potential move to West Ham has been dropped this summer due to problematic personal terms.
Jesse Lingard joined Nottingham Forest after talks about returning to the London Stadium led to shockwaves. Villarreal striker Arno Danjuma also slipped through David Moyes’ fingers. It appears that the gap between West Ham and the player’s representatives has not been one that can be bridged.
And earlier this week, The Sun reported that the Europa League semi-finalists had finally reached an agreement with Lille over a £35m deal for Onana, having failed in two previous bids for the 20-year-old Belgian.
But that was the easy part. Yes, West Ham are willing to invest more than £30m in a youngster who has 11 trips to the top starting under his belt. But in terms of Onana’s high wage demands… well, let’s just say it was an entirely different story.
Everton beat West Ham United at the expense of Lille’s Amadou Onana
According to The Times, the former Hamburg star wants more than £100,000 a week.
with Fabrizio Romano We’ve now reported that Everton are on the cusp of securing Onana’s signature instead – uttering those three magic words, ‘Here we go’ – we can only assume that the Toffees be Ready to meet Unana’s demands.
“Amadou wants to go to Everton himself,” the midfielder’s representatives confirmed on Thursday.
The 6-foot-5-inch Onana has been compared to another Belgian who made his name at Goodison Park.
“Amadou reminds us of (Marouane) Fellaini,” said former Rangers player Thomas Pavel, who made Onana captain of the Belgium Under-21 team (HLN). “Especially in prestige.
“He can also play the ‘ten’. With his movement and height, he can be dangerous in the box. His versatility is an asset. The ‘six’ and ‘eight’ roles are more than his natural stances are.”
“He has tremendous sportsmanship – perfect for the Premier League.”
In other news, Leeds are close to signing the 32-year-old fired by Everton four years ago
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