Arsenal target, Henry Onyekuru, is reportedly set to complete a move to West Ham this week.
- Onyekuru says he’s putting putting game time ahead of a lucrative contract
- Newcastle United attempt to upset Arsenal striker deal
- Forward set to medical with West Ham on Tuesday
- West Ham willing to pay £7m transfer fee and £35k-per-week in wages
Not long after Onyekuru had supposedly agreed a move to Arsenal, he’s now decided to move to West Ham in pursuit of regular first team football.
In fact, the forward is allegedly set to travel to London on Tuesday and have a medical with the club if talks go well.
According the Daily Mail, the Hammers are willing to pay the 20-year-old KAS Eupen forward £35k-per-week, which is around £5k-per-week more than the Gunners pay Alex Iwobi.
What’s more is that despite Onyekuru’s release clause only being £6.8m, a fee Arsenal were said to have already agreed, West Ham are willing to cough up £7m to bring the highly-rated starlet to the London Stadium.
The move would make sense, considering the forward’s recent comments regarding getting regular playing time being his priority at this point in his career.
“The first and most important thing for a player is to get playing time,” he said.
“I’m still young and I still have a long career to pursue but now I need to play.
“It’s not just about going to a big club and sitting on the bench. It’s not good for me, or being loaned to a club where I won’t play or where I will struggle to play.
“The money can come later but for now, I just want to play to improve, not just to play for a big club.”
The young Nigerian scored 22 goals (nine assists) over 38 appearances for KAS Eupen last season and netted another two in the Belgian domestic cup, Beker van Belgie.