By Danny Wright
West Ham will have to splash £7.87million to sign KAS Eupen striker Henry Onyekuru to ensure that he earns a work permit, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that a higher transfer fee will increase the 20-year-old’s chance of being permitted to play in England.
It is also understood that Onyekuru, who scored 24 goals across all competitions for Belgium club Eupen in the last season, would prefer a move to West Ham instead of Arsenal.
The one-time Nigeria international has already confirmed that the Hammers’ London rivals Arsenal had been in contact with him, but it now appears that those talks could prove futile.
The Mail reports that the work permit system is based on points, and that Onyekuru would earn an extra three points if he moves to an England club for a fee that is in the top 25 per cent of transfer fees paid in the last two windows.
However if the amount paid was between 50 and 75 per cent it would only be worth two points.
It is also said that Onyekuru has been in discussions with his Nigeria teammate and Chelsea star Victor Moses about a move to London, who has reportedly encouraged the Eupen youngster to move to the Hammers.
Football Insider Verdict
Onyekuru is one of the hottest properties in European football at the moment and looks like he could go on to have a very good career when you look at all the interest in him. The Belgian league is a very good place for youngsters to start their careers and the Nigerian international has hit the ground running their this year. When you look at West Ham’s spending last summer, just under £8million is something that they could definitely afford and snapping up a 20-year-old striker with 24 goals to his name simply cannot go wrong. West Ham need new forwards this summer and Onyekuru offers a lot that they currently do not have.
In other West Ham news, the Irons are also plotting a big wage package for this Premier League striker.