Arsenal have been handed a blow in their pursuit of Nigerian youngster striker target Henry Onyekuru, as reports have claimed that the player is on the cusp of completing a deal with the rivals of Arsenal West Ham United.
The forward emerged as a front line target for Arsenal at the close of last season and it was even reported that an Arsenal deal was in the offing for the player but apparently, no offers were received by KAS Eupen for the player by the Gunners.
However, the report of the playing making a move to the Emirates can now be put to bed as the Hammer appear to have convinced the potent forward of joining them. They have offered him 5k more in wage than what Arsenal had reportedly offered.
The youngster is currently valued at £6.8m but West Ham are understood to have offered £7m so as to shore up the process of his work permit. He is due to travel to London on Tuesday for medicals as they finalise his transfer to WestHam.
What would have informed his decision to move to the Hammers is his desire to play frequently. Despite scoring 22 gals for his Club last season, he is uncertain to star in the first team of Gunners team.
“The first and most important thing for a player is to get playing time,” he said.
“I’m still young and I still have a long career to pursue but now I need to play.
“It’s not just about going to a big club and sitting on the bench. It’s not good for me, or being loaned to a club where I won’t play or where I will struggle to play.
“The money can come later but for now, I just want to play to improve, not just to play for a big club.”