Transfer News: Tottenham enter race to sign West Ham target Paul Onuachu

Tottenham could battle West Ham United for Genk striker Paul Onuachu who could be available in the January window.

According to the Daily Mail, Tottenham are the latest club to show an interest in Genk’s 6ft 7in striker Paul Onuachu. The Nigerian is courting attention from other big sides such as Southampton, Atletico Madrid and West Ham United, making this chase more interesting.

Onuachu is expected to leave Genk soon, possibly in the January window, as he seeks the next step into his promising career. Forging his reputation as a top-draw striker at a rather later stage than most, the 27-year-old Nigerian has posted terrific goalscoring numbers in the last 18 months.

This term, he already had netted 11 goals in as many games, following up on an impressive previous season, when he scored 33 goals across all competitions. His numbers have caught the attention of several sides, who are keen on recruiting him for his overall qualities as a centre-forward.

Onuachu offers plenty more than just being a fine finisher. At 6ft 7in, his physical presence may be considered an asset, particularly from set-pieces, while he has displayed improved quality in hold-up play. Recently the Nigerian switched representatives, and now part of Zagreb based agency Niagara Sports, run by former Croatian footballer Andy Bara.

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The change of representation might indicate the striker’s desire to depart Genk in the next window as he seeks to further his career. Niagara Sports also represents stars such as Alvaro Morata, Dani Olmo and Jonathan Ikone, among others.

While there’s no shortage of interest, Tottenham are the latest to join the chase for the striker. Spurs are interested in bringing a viable backup for Harry Kane, who could still depart next summer. However, as things stand, Spurs do not have a player to cover for the England captain and are keen on solving the issue.

Tottenham have plenty of rivals to pass by, with West Ham United one of the keenest on the striker. The Hammers are also looking to sign a backup for Michail Antonio, who has had his recent bout with niggling injuries and fitness issues.

Elsewhere, Atletico Madrid are also looking at the possibility of bringing the striker to La Liga, as Diego Simeone looks to add a younger centre-forward. In recent weeks, the Spanish champions have stepped up their pursuit of the Genk striker, which could become a problem for Premier League sides if they are serious.

Either one of those clubs could be an upgrade for Onuachu, who would want such a move. At Spurs, he might have to work harder than anywhere to dislodge Kane or even to play alongside the England captain. He might get more game time under David Moyes at West Ham.

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