Onana wanted West Ham to move and Moyes saw him as Rice’s heir apparent

Onana wanted West Ham to move and Moyes saw him as Rice's heir apparent

Midfielder Amadou Onana wanted to join West Ham United over Everton and David Moyes saw him as his heir apparent to Declan Rice.

Everton signed Belgian midfield prodigy Onana after West Ham, who had been in pole position after chasing the giant midfielder all summer, pulled out of the competition despite eventually being accepted an offer on the fourth attempt (Sky Sports).

In just over 24 hours, West Ham’s move for the centre-back was on and off no fewer than four times as Everton swooped in and matched Lille’s £33m bid accepted from the Hammers.

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In the end Moyes pulled the plug on the movepaving the way for Everton to press ahead with his signing.

West Ham fans were very excited at the prospect of signing the 6ft 5in midfielder, who is highly rated by his country, the second best team in the world.

So there was huge disappointment that West Ham didn’t get the Onana deal over the line, especially as there doesn’t seem to be any obvious alternative target waiting in the wings.

Hammers fans will then be bewildered by the claims that have now emerged about the transfer.

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Amadou Onana wanted to join West Ham over Everton and David Moyes saw him as his heir apparent to Declan Rice.

Because Onana wanted to join West Ham over Everton and Moyes saw him as his heir to the Rice talisman.

An exclusive from Football Insider claims Onana wanted to join West Ham after being impressed with the Hammers under Moyes from afar.

But the report claims that Everton were willing to offer Onana a guaranteed starting spot, while Moyes refused those guarantees.

This is despite a West Ham insider saying so Claret and Hugh that Moyes saw Onana as the heir apparent to West Ham midfield star Rice, a claim also made by Football Insider.

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“New Everton signing Amadou Onana’s first choice was to sign for West Ham this summer, sources told Football Insider.” Football Insider reports.

“The central midfielder’s preference was believed to be to join the London club following their transformation under David Moyes.

“But West Ham refused to guarantee Onana a starting role, in a midfield where Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek have been virtually untouchable in the previous two seasons.

“In contrast, Everton made it clear to the Belgium international that he would be a regular starter for their side.

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“That was decided by Onana, who is desperate to be selected for Belgium’s World Cup squad later this year and knows he could be in doubt if he doesn’t play regularly for his club.

“West Ham saw the central midfielder as a long-term replacement for Rice, who is expected to leave next year.”

In a report on Moyes’ decision to pull out of the move for Onana, a Hammers insider made the same claim.

“David Moyes decided to pull out of deal for Amadou Onana despite seeing him as a possible successor to Declan Rice”. Claret and Hugh reported.

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