Amadou Onana, midfielder for Lille, has made a contract for 40 million euros, including add-ons, with West Ham. The Hammers want to strengthen their team in preparation for their second straight European campaign under manager David Moyes. Onana, 20, is still awaiting personal details to be agreed upon, so the transaction is not yet final.
Before making his senior Belgium debut in a 4-1 Nations League loss to the Netherlands in June, Onana, a Dakar native, was capped at the junior level. Prior to the 2020–21 campaign, Onana joined Hamburg and quickly made a name for himself as a first-team regular for the German second-tier squad. Onana made 31 Ligue 1 appearances after signing with Lille, the reigning French champions, in August 2021. He also participated in all of Lille's Champions League games, beginning with a 2-0 loss at Chelsea in the first leg of their round-of-16 match.
Following the additions of goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, midfielder Flynn Downes, defender Nayef Aguerd, and forward Gianluca Scamacca, West Ham is about to make Onana their fifth acquisition of the season.