Transfer News: West Ham, Southampton plot Paul Onuachu bid

Premier League clubs are stepping up their interest in Genk striker Paul Onuachu as a bid from West Ham and Southampton remains a possibility in January.

According to Sport Mediaset (h/t Tribalfootball), Southampton and West Ham United are among English clubs showing keen interest in signing Genk striker Paul Onuachu, with a bid expected to come in the January window.

There could be several movements for strikers in the January window, with plenty of Premier League sides expected to look for one. West Ham and Southampton are expected to push for a frontman as both clubs might have space for one.

The Saints lost Danny Ings in the summer but signed Adam Armstrong to offset the departure. Ralph Hasenhuttl has struggled with his side in attack, as they find themselves at towards the bottom end of the Premier League table. He is expected to shore up his forward line and bring in fresh options.

On the other hand, West Ham have been looking for a striker right throughout the summer window. They ended up signing Nikola Vlasic on deadline day, who is yet to kick into gear. Their main target was Jesse Lingard, who could provide with important goals and assists.

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However, David Moyes was also looking towards signing a striker to provide cover and competition for main man Michail Antonio up front. The English striker has struggled for fitness recently, and without him, the Hammers sometimes are not as effective in attack.

They are looking at plenty of other options, such as Torino’s Andrea Belotti, while there are also rumours of interest in Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette. Either way, Moyes will urge the club to bring in a striker who could provide him with a different option when needed.

The interest in Onuachu from both clubs looks promising, but it remains to be seen what sort of offer would Genk be demanding for their striker. Onuachu has been in prolific form this season. The Nigerian has already scored 11 goals from 15 appearances in all competitions, proving to be a good presence in the box.

At 27, Onuachu is at the right age to move into a top club, although he still has a contract with Genk until 2024. A battle could ensue for the striker between those two clubs. There might be others depending on the developments between now and the end of December.

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