Over the course of the summer, a number of articles suggested that West Ham United were after Paul Onuachu.
The Nigerian striker impressed at KRC Genk last year, scoring 35 goals in 41 appearances for the club, and has continued this fine form in the current campaign, finding the back of the net 11 times in 12 games so far.
The Belgian side are also in the Europa League, where they are set to face West Ham on October 21st, which will happen after the upcoming international break starting at the beginning of next month.
The fixture could help decide who ends up top of the group, and the Hammers, who clearly know a lot about Onuachu, will have to be mindful of the striker.
Not only that, but it will give them a perfect opportunity to see him up close, which Sport/Foot journalist Peter t’Kint feels could lead to a transfer in January.
Writing for the outlet, he said: “In a few weeks, after the international break, there will be a showdown with West Ham, we are looking forward to that with great anticipation. If Paul Onuachu also hands over his business card (to West Ham), he will be gone in January. Unfortunately”.
To us, that sounds like he believes the Hammers are still very much interested in the goalscorer, and while we don’t expect the player to physically hand over a business card with his name on it, the general message here is that if he performs well or even gets to chat with anyone from the London side, he could end up being bought.
We’ll have to see whether or not that actually happens, but West Ham still haven’t replaced Sébastien Haller properly since the Frenchman was sent to Ajax Amsterdam, and while they have bolstered elsewhere, they still lack that proper alternative to Michail Antonio.