West Ham are set to reignite their interest in Everton’s Amadou Onana.
The Sun have reported that the Irons will look to replace the outgoing Declan Rice with the Belgian, one year after he turned them down.
Onana joined Everton for £33 million last summer and reportedly rejected the chance to join West Ham in favour of a move to Merseyside.
However, Onana could now be persuaded to move to the English capital to fill Rice’s big boots.
The report claims that the Toffees could be willing to sell the 21-year-old for between £40-50m this summer, with Chelsea and Arsenal already heavily linked with a move.
West Ham will definitely have the funds for a Onana if they are to part ways with Rice, who has recently been the subject of a rejected £90m bid from Manchester City.
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Everton are believed to be already looking at replacements if Onana leaves this summer, with Blackburn Rovers’ Adam Wharton on their shortlist.
The 19-year-old made 18 appearances in the Championship last season and made his England U19 debut in September.
Everton will welcome the cash from Amadou Onana sale
While the initial news of Amadou Onana’s impending departure was a tough one to take for fans, it now feels like it would be better to just get his exit out the way so Sean Dyche has money to spend.
It will be a difficult task replacing the Belgium international, however the Toffees are in desperate need of funds to bolster their squad and will be eager to use the profits to add a number of players to the roster.
Given that West Ham could make over double the fee for Rice, Everton should definitely play hardball if they are to sell up and they certainly don’t want to be too easy on a team that could rival them next season.