There has been a complete Amadou Onana U-turn from West Ham as an insider claims David Moyes has made a huge decision.
Not many clubs do transfer sagas quite like West Ham.
And it seems the chase for Onana is the latest in a long line.
West Ham had a fourth bid for Onana – said to be £33m all in – accepted by Lille this week.
Last night Everton entered the race and were said to be in the box seat to snatch him from under Moyes’ nose according to The Daily Mail and Belgian journalist Sacha Tavolieri.
It seemed the incentive was more money at Everton than West Ham were willing to give the 20-year-old.
But there appeared to be positive news for West Ham earlier today when top sources at the club said the Hammers remained hopeful of beating Everton to the signing of Onana.
That was after an apparent change of stance from West Ham over his wages claimed insiders Claret and Hugh.
“Sources at the London Stadium insist that the Irons remain in the running to sign the Belgium international and are still hopeful of reaching an agreement over personal terms,” a Hammers insider told Claret and Hugh.
“There is a belief the player would want around £100,000-per-week in wages.
“Onana’s camp have been in talks with the Hammers since the bid was accepted and boss David Moyes is understood to be a big fan of the player.”
Things have changed dramatically in a matter of hours, though, such is the way in the transfer window it seems.
Because there has been a complete Onana U-turn from West Ham as an insider claims Moyes has made a huge decision to pull out of the deal.
In an exclusive, Claret and Hugh now claim West Ham have ended their interest in the 6ft 5in Belgium international.
“West Ham have pulled out of a deal for Lille midfielder Amadou Onana…” Claret and Hugh state.
“We understand that the 20 year old’s representatives were looking for £100,000 plus for the 20 year old but given his appearance record in France the Hammers management felt that was an exorbitant figure…
“We were told exclusively today that the wages being demanded “were all too much for a player that had only made 11 starts” and that other positions are more important right now.”
West Ham do however look set to complete the signing of Maxwel Cornet from Burnley for £17.5m.
A medical has been booked according to a reliable French journalist.
And, should there be no issues, Cornet is expected to sign a five-year deal (KUMB).