West Ham United are interested in Lille midfielder Amadou Onana, according to French outlet Foot Mercato (via Sport Witness).
Lille only signed Onana from Bundesliga 2 outfit Hamburg last summer in a £6.3million deal.
He made 42 appearances in his first year at the club, but he only started 11 out of 38 Ligue 1 matches and two of eight Champions League games.
The 20-year-old has played the vast majority of his football up to this point as a defensive midfielder.
He still has four years remaining on the contract he signed on his arrival and is now valued at £9million by Transfermarkt.
The report states that both West Ham and their London rivals Arsenal have been monitoring Onana over the course of the campaign.
Lille need to ‘gather money’ through player sales, and Onana is one of those who has ‘a chance of leaving’.
The Hammers have yet to make a ‘concrete offer’ but they are thought to be considering it.
As well as Arsenal, they face competition from AS Monaco, who view Onana as a potential replacement for exit-bound Aurelien Tchouameni.
What kind of a no. 6 is Onana?
Well, it would probably be best to characterise him as a ball-winner given that he ranks in the 94th percentile compared to positional peers when it comes to tackles per 90 minutes, and the 75th percentile for interceptions (via FBRef).
In terms of players already in the Premier League, he’s similar to the likes of Vitaly Janelt, Oriol Romeu and Abdoulaye Doucoure.
Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice would appear locked into the two midfield slots in David Moyes’ 4-2-3-1 but the manager needs depth, particularly with a Europa Conference League campaign potentially on the horizon.
Onana, billed a ‘huge talent‘ by talent scout Jacek Kulig, would make the squad stronger and could potentially be a starter in the long-term.
In other news, there’s been a key update on a potential attacking target.
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