David Moyes has told West Ham United to start the bidding for Genk striker Paul Onuachu but the Premier League target will only be sold for a fee in the region of £26 million, according to All Nigeria Soccer.
But with the Gunners looking elsewhere, Onuachu may have to make do with a club sitting just four miles down the road.
However, West Ham will have to be quick if they’re serious about winning the race for a man who scored 35 times in all competitions last season, firing Genk to their first Belgian Cup in almost a decade.
Aware that interest is rising in the 6ft 7in giant, Moyes has instructed the Hammers to step up their chase and make an official bid.
But whether West Ham are willing to pay the £26 million required remains to be seen.
Will West Ham pay £26m for Onuachu?
While undoubtedly clinical in front of goal, 27-year-old Onuachu has spent his entire professional career in Denmark and Belgium.
£26 million for a striker unproven in a major European league?
That would represent a risk, especially when you consider Wesley Moraes, Marvelous Nakamba and Mbwana Samatta all struggled at Aston Villa after arriving from Belgian football.
ANS adds West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has his reservations over Onuachu, although the report fails to explain why.
Perhaps he believes that, for £26 million, the Hammers would be better off going for a more proven option, a Youssef En-Nesyri perhaps.
Onuachu, who has 13 caps for Nigeria, is also a target for Brighton and Hove Albion.
West Ham, meanwhile, are reported to have launched a bid for another striker target, although it appears unlikely a £14 million Argentina international will be arriving on loan before 31 August…