Paul Onuachu was keen on a move to West Ham United but the Premier League giants are unlikely to meet Genk’s £22 million price tag, as reported by Voetbal Belgie.
At the age of 27 and following the most prolific season of his career, a striker at the peak of his powers looked set to be handed his big break this summer.
Well, that was the case until Genk refused to soften their stance on a man who scored a staggering 35 goals in 2020/21, firing one of the biggest clubs in the country to Belgian Cup glory.
West Ham boss David Moyes is understood to be a big admirer of Onuachu, a 6ft 7in target man who would make Sebastien Haller look like Shaun Wright-Phillips.
But with the Hammers refusing to pay a penny more than £17 million, it looks as though the Nigeria international is going to miss out on what could have been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in the Premier League.
Paul Onuachu in danger of missing out on dream move from Genk to West Ham
And while there will be howls of derision from some supporters expressing frustration at a summer of inactivity – Craig Dawson and loanee Alphonse Areola are the only arrivals so far – you can see why West Ham are reluctant to pay £22 million for Onuachu.
This is a striker unproven in a major European league after all. Onuachu played in Denmark for Midtjylland before moving to the Luminus Arena in 2019.
Furthermore, Jupiler League imports have often flattered to deceive in English football. Aston Villa paid about £45 million in total for Marvelous Nakamba, Wesley Moraes and Mbwana Samatta, with little return on their investment.
Okay, we admit Leandro Trossard, Sander Berge, Wilfred Ndidi and Leander Dendoncker haven’t done too badly – but Onuachu would still remain a risk.
An expensive risk at that.