West Ham threaten to pull the plug on deal for Paul Onuachu
West Ham United have told the representatives of Genk striker Paul Onuachu they are ready to move on if a deal cannot be struck soon, according to Own Goal Nigeria.
Genk are holding out for £26million, but are open to selling the 26-year-old for £22million provided some clauses can be included in the deal.
West Ham only want to part with £13million, and Own Goal Nigeria – one of the most respected football websites in Nigeria – claim they have told Onuachu’s reps they are ready to switch to other targets if the deal cannot be concluded by the first week of August.
The Nigerian international ended 2020-21 with 35 goals in 41 games last season, emerging as the Belgian’s top-flight league highest goalscorer and player of the season, and Gent believe he is worth their asking price.
They have seen what he is capable of doing and are refusing to play ball.
We could debate all day whether Onuachu is worth £26million or not, but it does not change the fact that the selling club has the final say in any deal.
West Ham are beginning to get frustrated as manager David Moyes would love to have a new striker in as soon as possible.
The Nigerian 6ft 7in hitman ended his time in the Danish top-flight with Midtjylland with 74 goals in 181 games, but West Ham know all about seeing strikers struggle in the top-flight after impressing in another league.
Sebastien Haller failed to impress at the London Stadium before he was sold to Ajax in January, and we understand the Irons’ current concern and doubts.
Genk would have to reduce their price, while West Ham need to increase their offer for a deal to work out.
Without a comprise, we see this one falling through.
In other West Ham news, Hammers table £30m offer to sign London-born striker.