West Ham are likely to resume discussions for Lille midfielder Amadou Onana once they have tied up a deal for Sassuolo’s Gianluca Scamacca, according to Fabrizio Romano.
It appears talks over a deal for Onana stalled once the negotiations for Scamacca began to pick up pace but Romano expects that the Hammers will soon revive their attempts to sign the Belgian:
“West Ham have also submitted a €38m bid for Lille midfielder Amadou Onana, but there is still no definitive agreement. The Hammers’ priority is to sign Scamacca, and then put their focus into negotiating the Onana deal further.”
From the sound of things, West Ham’s last offer of €38m (£32m) wasn’t accepted so it will be interesting to see whether the Irons will look to make an improved proposal of some kind.
Lille were reportedly hoping for a bidding war with other Premier League teams. The likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Newcastle have all been mentioned as potential suitors but they haven’t stepped up their interest so far. Whether that will consequently lead to West Ham being able to reach a compromise over the fee, we shall have to wait and see.