By George Overhill

4th Aug, 2022 | 6:10pm

West Ham United snubbed by Amadou Onana for surprise reason with Everton move on the cards

West Ham target Amadou Onana has shut down talks with the club over a proposed move because he is unhappy with their offer, Sacha Tavolieri reports.

At long last the Hammers had made the key breakthrough of agreeing a €40million fee with Lille this week and were working on personal terms, but the move appears to have hit a complete dead end at that stage.

The 20-year-old now wants a move to Everton instead, who have rejoined the race and look set to win it after matching the Irons’ bid and extending an improved offer to the player [Daily Mail].

Eurosport France journalist Tavolieri wrote on Twitter Thursday afternoon (4 August) that the Belgian international had “cut short all negotiations” with West Ham as the conditions they had proposed were “not conducive to player development”.

Onana apparently is set on a move to Goodison Park instead.

Shock

It’s hard to know what to make of the latest developments as it looked like the tough part of this chase had been completed on the club side.

Had the midfielder been uninterested in the move because he felt he could get Champions League football elsewhere it would have been more expected.

But the fact that he wants to move to Everton who have no European football at all is somewhat of a surprise, even if they are a side who are at a lower ebb than is normal for their size.

It has to be assumed that Frank Lampard has promised him a key role with the Toffees if it is specifically “development” that is the sticking point, unless it is just a euphemism for money.

The Hammers are probably capable of offering more in terms of wages currently, due to the financial difficulties at Goodison Park, but they have a stronger line up of options in central midfield.

It had been assumed that Onana was being brought in to eventually replace club captain Declan Rice, although the possibility that his arrival would have helped keep the England star could not be ignored.

But with summer signing Flynn Downes also in there, and incumbent Tomas Soucek now likely to stay, perhaps Onana felt that being part of a rotation would be a step back after making 42 appearances at Lille last season.

The fact that Everton appear to be on the brink of also re-signing Idrissa Gueye from Paris Saint-Germain to play in a similar position clouds the issue further, so it is difficult to see what has so upset Onana about the Hammers offer and be so enamoured with the idea of a move to Merseyside at this stage.