West Ham United are allegedly lining up a €25 million (£20.8 million) bid for Lille wonderkid Amadou Onana as a potential Declan Rice replacement.
That’s according to a report from MOPO who claim that the Hammers have been closely monitoring the 20-year-old midfielder for weeks now.
Central midfield is certainly an area at the London Stadium where David Moyes needs to strengthen in the summer transfer window.
Declan Rice has been linked with a £150 million move to Manchester United at the end of this season according to The Daily Mail.
And if Man United offer anything like that, West Ham will most probably be forced into selling the 23-year-old star. And if that does happen, it will be absolutely vital for Moyes to get his player recruitment 100% spot on this summer.
It seems as though the Scot is already getting his ducks in a row with a potential Declan Rice replacement needed before the start of next season.
Losing Rice will obviously be a huge blow for the Hammers but not an insurmountable one.
Potential Declan Rice replacement – Amadou Onana
According to a report from MOPO, West Ham are ready to make a £20.8 million bid for the 20-year-old Lille ace.
And we think that Onana would be a very decent potential Declan Rice replacement.
Standing at 6ft 6in tall, the Belgium under-21 international is an absolute unit. He has pace, power, energy and dynamism in abundance.
In 24 Ligue 1 appearances for Lille this season, Onana has averaged 1.5 tackles per game. He is a very impressive passer of the football. During his league outings for Lille this term, the 20-year-old has recorded an 83.1% completion rate (Who Scored).
Onana is a really special talent. He has been described by Sport Magazine as a ‘sensational’ young player.
He seems to have all of the physical attributes needed to not only succeed in the Premier League but to also replicate the role that Declan Rice plays for West Ham.
Onana is the kind of player who could go on to be a real star at West Ham. However, it must be said the Lille starlet is perhaps too young and experienced to take up the mantle from Rice, should the 23-year-old leave the London Stadium this summer.
Perhaps David Moyes should sign another more experienced central midfielder as well as Onana, if he is in fact forced to sell Dec at the end of this season.
Regardless, the Lille youngster would be an exceptional addition for West Ham in the summer transfer window.