By Harvey Byrne
West Ham have raised their offer for young attacker Henry Onyekuru to fend off Belgian giants Anderlecht, according to a report.
Nigerian news outlet OwnGoalNigeria have reported on their website that the Hammers have increased their offer to £9million after initially having a £7million bid rejected by Eupen for the 20-year-old.
It is also detailed that while Onyekuru has a release clause in his contract of around £6.5million, that only applies to Belgian sides like Anderlecht.
IT is also understood that Onyekuru himself would favour a move to the Premier League, but if a move to England does not materialise then Anderlecht “are fully assured Onyekuru will turn to them.”
Onyekuru lit up Belgian football in the last campaign, scoring an incredible 24 goals in 41 matches in all competitions from his left-wing position.
He is also still contracted to Eupen until 2020, but he has long been linked with a move to the Premier League and it almost seems inevitable that he will be leaving the Belgian top-flight side this summer.
West Ham meanwhile will be looking to add more firepower to their team this summer with usual wide player Michail Antonio finishing as the club’s top scorer in the last campaign with just nine goals scored.
Football Insider verdict:
Onyekuru is seemingly one of the hottest talents in Europe at the moment and if West Ham capture his signing then it will be a major coup for the club. Hammers supporters are always keen to see their side give opportunities to young players and Onyekuru has the potential to become a real star. The attacker proved his qualities in the Belgian top-flight last season and while the Premier League is a massive step up his addition would bring excitement back to the east London club.
In other West Ham transfer news, this London club are ready to rival the Hammers for another one of their targets.