West Ham United could be forced to look elsewhere in pursuit of a new star-striker, after an admission from a target suggested he will not move to East London.

The Hammers are amongst a hatful of clubs chasing prolific teenage forward Henry Onyukuru, who has excelled with Belgian minnows Eupen, with The Daily Mirror claiming Slaven Bilic’s side are keen on the Nigerian hitman.

West Ham will find the pursuit of the young striker competitive though as Bundesliga giants Borussia Monchengladbach and Scottish champions Celtic are also keen- with Brendan Rodgers’ side holding a distinct advantage.

Earlier this year, The Scottish Sun quoted Onyukuru as being keen to play in the Champions League- which neither West Ham or Gladbach will be able to offer.

“Celtic are interested in me and have tabled an official bid,”

“I believe I have the talent to play in the Champions League.”

The youngster’s services are set to become available in the summer transfer window, as DH report the club have accepted his future lies elsewhere.

However, Eugen will not sell on the cheap as The Scottish Sun previously claimed the Belgians want at least £4m for their starlet- and that price-tag is only likely to have risen further in the months since the mid-season window.