West Ham remain the front runners to sign Genk striker Paul Onuachu this summer, according to Voetbal Primeur.
David Moyes is eager to add another striker to his roster this summer to ensure Michail Antonio isn’t tasked with taking all the responsibility of leading the line in 2021/22.
It was previously claimed by Allnigeriasoccer.com that David Moyes had given the club the green light to make an official move for the 27-year-old, although nothing has yet materialised in the form of a bid.
But the latest report from Voetbal Primeur suggests West Ham remain the ‘main candidate’ for Onuachu’s signature, with his departure from the Belgian outfit ‘written in the stars’ this summer.
Genk are no strangers to receiving club-record fees for their players from English clubs, with three of their last four record-breaking departures involving Premier League outfits; Wilfred Ndidi to Leicester for around £16m in 16/17, Leandro Trossard to Brighton for £18m in 19/20 and the most recent being Sheffield United’s £20.7m purchase of Sander Berge in the same summer.
So it appears it will take north of £21m to convince Genk to part ways with Onuachu this summer, which might appear to be a snip if he can continue his superb goalscoring form from last season in the Premier League.
Interestingly, Genk are serial producers and developers of some of Europe’s brightest talents, with the likes of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Leon Bailey, Joakim Maehle, Thibaut Courtois, Christian Benteke, Kevin De Bruyne, Kalidou Koulibaly, Timothy Castagne and the three aforementioned club-record sales appearing for the Belgian Jupiler Pro League club over the last decade, before they moved on to become household names elsewhere.
So, if Onuachu is the latest name to be added to this list of former Genk players moving on to realise their full potential, then West Ham might be on the verge of a hugely important capture.