“The One They Watched”

West Ham United have been exploring the possibility of signing Lille and Belgium midfielder Amadou Onana for some time, according to DeanJones.

The £26m-rated player has been linked with David Moyes’ side throughout the summer.

GiveMeSport transfer update with Dean Jones

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GiveMeSport transfer update with Dean Jones

What’s new on Onana?

According to The Athletic, West Ham have had a £19.7million bid for Onana rejected, with the club insisting he is not for sale.

The report goes on to say that the Irons are currently considering whether to make another offer for the former Belgium international.

West Ham have made just two senior additions to the squad this summer, with Nayef Aguerd and Alphonse Areola joining Ligue 1 sides Stade Rennais and Paris-Saint Germain respectively.

And Jones believes the club have been considering signing Onana for some time and are happy to continue buying players from the French and Belgian market.

What did Jones say about Onana?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “It’s the one they’ve been looking at for a while.

“This French and Belgian market is a market that they really like because they feel there is a lot of untapped capacity and there is still a lot of potential to be realised.”

Will Onana join West Ham?

Despite Lille’s adamant stance that Onana is not for sale, every player has their own price and if the Irons offered enough money, the Ligue 1 club would be forced to sell the 20-year-old to the Premier club. League.

The Belgian starlet was described as a ‘huge talent’ by the scout Jacek Kuligand it’s easy to see why.

Onana made 42 appearances for the French club last season, scoring three goals and providing one assist from defensive midfield, according to Transfermarkt.

But it’s defensively where the 6ft5in beast’s talents lie, and he’s ranked in the top 6% of midfielders in Europe’s top five leagues and European competition for tackles made per 90 minutes last season (3.45) according to FBref.

In fact, Onana had a combined 86 tackles and interceptions last season according to the same stats provider, suggesting he would be hugely adaptable to the rigors of Premier League football.

And an average SofaScore rating of 6.85 for his performances in Ligue 1 last season suggests the Belgian youngster is capable of performing consistently when called upon by his manager.

At 20, Onana has the potential to be one of the leading midfielders across Europe for years to come, and West Ham would do well to invest in his move.