West Ham have been told to pay £7.87m for Arsenal target Henry Onyekuru to ensure he gets a work permit.

  • West Ham are now favourites to sign the Nigerian
  • Higher fee is required so the player can get a work permit
  • Arsenal have been heavily linked with reports claiming a deal was done and medical organised

The East London club have emerged as the favourites to sign the Nigerian, who looked set to join Arsenal a couple of weeks ago.

The assurances of more first-team football may have convinced Onyekuru to join West Ham instead, but it seems they’re encountering the same problems Arsenal did.

As it stands, Onyekuru doesn’t automatically qualify for a work permit and will need to amass a certain number of points to be granted one.

The size of the fee and how much the K.A.S. Eupen player will be paid are both factors in this process.

Onyekuru could be awarded a work permit if his transfer fee is within the top 25% of fees paid by Premier League clubs in the last two years.

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