Henry Onyekuru drops hint he could join West Ham or Newcastle over PL giants

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic celebrates after the match

Both West Ham United and Newcastle United might have received a boost in their pursuit of the Arsenal-linked hitman.

Newcastle United manager Rafael BenitezNewcastle United manager Rafa Benitez

KAS Eupen striker Henry Onyekuru has dropped a major hint that he could reject a move to the Gunners, and join the Hammers or Magpies instead, during an exclusive interview with Kwese ESPN.

The highly-rated 20-year-old has been touted for a move to the Premier League this summer, with Arsenal thought to be leading the race for the exciting striker's signature.

Arsenal v Chelsea - FA Cup FinalCould Wenger miss out on Onyekuru?

The Nigerian's latest comments have opened the door to both West Ham and Newcastle jumping ahead of the north london outfit in the queue to obtain his signature, however, after he told Kwese ESPN that the opportunity to play regular first-team football will be the key contributing factor in his decision making process:

"The first and most important thing for a player is to get playing time. I’m still young and I still have a long career to pursue but now I need to play. My agents are in talks with top clubs in the Premier League, Bundesliga, French league and others. If they accept our terms, then I’ll make a decision. 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.”

Both Slaven Bilic and Rafa Benitez will be desperate to land a striker of Onyekuru's quality, as they look to bolster their attacking options in time for next season's Premier League campaign.

West Ham United manager Slaven BilicWest Ham United manager Slaven Bilic

The 20-year-old would arguably be more suited to West Ham's system more than he would Newcastle's. Andy Carroll, if fit, will lead the line for Bilic's side, and a smaller pacey striker of Onyekuru's ilk would be seen as the ideal foil for the 6ft 4in target man.

The Magpies, however, already have Dwight Gayle, who plays in a similar style to the Nigerian, and that could put the KAS Eupen forward off of a move to Tyneside, considering that he is demanding a regular starting spot.

With the transfer window now open, this will certainly be one to keep a close eye on, with all of the clubs mentioned eager to get their business underway.

Newcastle United manager Rafa BenitezNewcastle United manager Rafa Benitez

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