By George Overhill

1st Aug, 2022 | 3:40pm

West Ham United in talks with Lille over Amadou Onana fee after major bid rejected

West Ham are in talks with Lille over a fee for midfield sensation Amadou Onana after their last major bid was rejected, Sky Sports News reports.

The 20-year-old Belgian international has been a target for the Hammers for the past two months, but have had as many as three bids turned down as the Ligue 1 side want £50million for him [90min].

ExWHUemployee had reported on 30 July that manager David Moyes was set to ask the board to make contact with Lille to revive the deal, and it appears they have done exactly that.

According to Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth, writing on his Twitter account: “West Ham United still pushing to sign midfielder Amadou Onana. They remain in talks with Lille.

“Discussions centre around fee and structure of payments. West Ham’s last bid was for €38m.”

The Irons have already added Flynn Downes to the midfield, and after much speculation it appears Tomas Soucek will be staying [Claret & Hugh] but they still want depth at the position after Mark Noble’s retirement.

Difference maker

This one is proving to be anything but easy for West Ham to get done, but the fact that they are sticking with it despite the repeated rejections shows what a difference he could make.

Onana is very much still at the start of his career after just two seasons in senior football, and only one of those in a top flight European league, but he has earned himself an international call up to Roberto Martinez’s Belgian squad and looks like he could develop into a real star.

With years still left on his contract having only moved last summer it looks like it might take the full asking price to bring him to the London Stadium.

But if it gets done it could be the deal that tips this window over from good to great, and with Moyes apparently intent on landing him there appears to be a good chance of that happening.

No transfer is a guarantee of success, but with the size required to operate in a Premier League midfield, and ability that has helped him rise from Bundesliga 2 to appearing in the number two ranked national side in less than a year, he looks like a very good bet.

It also cannot be overlooked that it was thought Declan Rice wanted to see his ambition matched by the club if he was to stay past the upcoming season.

Downes and Onana brought in to play alongside him, and a big money international striker secured at long last has got to be close to the sort of thing he had in mind.