By Adefunmiloye Alani

21st Oct, 2021 | 4:30pm

WHZ View: Moyes might have just fired up Paul Onuachu ahead of Genk visit

West Ham boss David Moyes made it clear ahead of his side’s Europa League clash with Genk that Paul Onuachu has never been a transfer target.

The Nigerian international was linked with the Hammers all summer, and while admitting during Wednesday’s press conference [Whufc.com] that he appreciates him having watched his recent games in preparation for Thursday’s game, Moyes had no plans pursuing his signature.

The comments are entirely harmless, but they could be the perfect words Onuachu needs to further fire up himself ahead of Genk’s visit to the London Stadium.

Like most players, the 6ft 7in man-mountain dreams of playing in the Premier League, and he is not going to get a better chance to prove himself than the one he has tonight.

Clearly, West Ham and other Premier League clubs do not believe he has what it takes to light up the English top-flight despite ending last term with 33 league goals in 38 appearances.

The Hammers badly needed a striker, but they never looked in his way, and he definitely wants to show them what they are missing.

Moyes might have just added more fuel to the fire after admitting Onuachu was never a target.

Scouts will definitely be watching the game in a bid to run the rule over potential targets, and should he impress, the Hammers could start having second thoughts.

He has nine goals in 10 league games so far in 2021-22 and has scored once in two Europa League games.

Given the quality of the teams in Belgium, Onuachu will be facing one of his toughest opponents till date in West Ham, and how he fares in this test could have a huge impact on his career.

In other West Ham news, Jack Wilshere has predicted major Hammers exit, but reckons one goal would stop it.

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