By Sam Stone

4th Aug, 2022 | 12:40pm

West Ham United make u-turn on Amadou Onana transfer after Everton move

West Ham United are having second thoughts regarding a move for Lille midfielder Amadou Onana according to talkSPORT’s Alex Crook.

The Hammers did have a bid accepted for the 20-year-old according to The Guardian’s Fabrizio Romano (via Twitter, 4 August).

However, The Daily Mail has suggested that Onana now favours a move to Everton, with the Toffees offering him a better wage package.

Crook has since reported (via Twitter) on Thursday 4 August, that the Hammers are having second thoughts on the move and are set to make another u-turn.

Move on

The Hammers shouldn’t dwell on this transfer blow with the 20-year-old clearly prioritising the financial aspect of leaving Lille compared to the prospect of featuring for a team playing in Europe.

A move for the midfielder would’ve been good for Moyes to perfect his midfield options but is certainly not one for the London Stadium faithful to get too disappointed about.

Onana has only featured for one season in Ligue 1 and is clearly commanding a substantial wage for his services.

West Ham have shown themselves to be shrewd negotiators this summer, with the club ensuring that they don’t pay over the odds for any player.

Onana would’ve been a good long-term addition at the London Stadium but ultimately the club have other priorities that they must look at first.

A left-back along with another central defender are probably more pressing concerns for Moyes at the moment.

When the club strengthen those two areas, then they could think about potentially adding another midfielder to their ranks.