Paul Onuachu’s West Ham Move Breaks Down, Brighton, Southampton Enter Race For Striker

Paul Onuachu’s proposed move to Premier League side West Ham United has stalled understands.

The bean-pole strike is, however, on the radar of two other English top-flight clubs with Southampton and Brighton having entered the race to secure the services of the Genk goal machine.

Onuachu, 27, was understood to be close to agreeing a move to join the Hammers with negotiations all but done, but the move broke down in the final stretch and a transfer to the London Stadium is now thought to be unlikely.

A move to the Premier League is, however, still on with both Southampton and Brighton understood to have contacted Onuachu’s representatives over a move for the €20m-rated striker.

Brighton survived relegation from the top-flight by the skin of their teeth and manager Graham Potter sees Onuachu as a significant upgrade on the current striking options of Danny Welbeck and Neal Maupay.

Southampton, meanwhile, are sweating on the future of frontman Danny Ings who rejected an extension and wants out of St Marys. Ralph Hasenhüttl believes Super Eagles striker Onuachu would make an ideal replacement should Ings leave, sources say.

Onuachu has become a staple of conversation in the halls of power at Europe’s leading clubs having scored an incredible 33 goals in only 38 league games and 35 goals in total to help Genk win the Belgian Cup and secure second place in the Jupiler League last season.

The former FC Midtjylland striker took home the Golden Boot for the top scorer and the 2020/21 Best Footballer of The Year award at the Belgian Pro League Awards ceremony last season.

Despite having already started the season with Genk, Onuachu is still expected to complete a record-breaking transfer away from Belgium this summer.