HSV Hamburg are keeping a close eye on developments around former player Amadou Onana, with them set to pocket a windfall if the likes of West Ham make a move.

That’s according to MOPO, who say there could be a ‘money shower’ on the way for the German club if the Hammers’ interest becomes anything serious.

Onana joined the 2. Bundesliga on a free transfer from Hoffenheim’s U19s in July 2020 but only lasted a year at the club before joining Lille in a £6.3m deal last year.

Like many youngsters, he’s enjoyed a rapid rise with the French club, establishing himself as a first-team star in the heart of their midfield.

His performances have not gone unnoticed, and several reports have made it clear there is interest in the Premier League, with West Ham, and even Liverpool thought to be keeping an eye on him.

MOPO back that up, saying the Hammers are ‘courting’ the midfielder and have ‘been keen for weeks’ at that.

This is something that HSV are following ‘with great joy’ because as soon as Onana moves, Hamburg’s coffers ‘will start ringing’.

They negotiated a 20% sell-on clause as part of the deal to sell him to Lille last summer, so with a €20-25m price currently considered ‘realistic’, they could be set to bag themselves €2.5-3.5m in profit.

Of course, West Ham will have to pay that first, and there’s no suggestion they will at this moment in time, but the interest is certainly there, and HSV are hoping it will become something serious so they can line their own pockets.