West Ham confident of signing Amadou Onana and Jesse Lingard in double deal

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West Ham are confident of signing Lille midfielder Amadou Onana amid increased optimism that Jesse Lingard will this week return to the club when the saga over his future finally ends.

The Hammers made a new bid for the Lille star over the weekend worth around £30million plus add-ons. While they are yet to receive a firm response, the Premier League side feel that should be enough to secure a deal.

Onana is pushing for an exit just a year after joining Lille from Hamburg in a £6m switch, having impressed in his 31 Ligue 1 appearances. The Belgium international also featured in all eight of his side’s Champions League matches last term, including in both legs of the last-16 against Chelsea.

Should the 20-year-old head to the London Stadium, it would be the third time this summer that David Moyes has turned to France for a signing, following the arrivals of Nayef Aguerd and Alphonse Areola from Rennes and PSG, respectively.

Moyes has already strengthened in central midfield this window with the signing of Flynn Downes from Swansea but still has just three senior players in the position following the retirement of Mark Noble and the end of Alex Kral’s loan.

Lingard, meanwhile, is expected to finally announce a decision over his future this week.

The England international left Manchester United when his contract expired at the end of last month, having been certain to do so since the end of the January window, but has been in no hurry to choose between his suitors.

Jesse Lingard has been delaying a decision of his future. (Manchester United via Getty Images)
Jesse Lingard has been delaying a decision of his future. (Manchester United via Getty Images)

Lingard has travelled to the US to explore offers in MLS and West Ham have faced competition from a number of other Premier League sides, most notably Newcastle.

The Hammers have at times grown frustrated by the 29-year-old’s delays, which will deny him a proper pre-season, but Moyes is desperate to secure his services following a superb loan spell during the second half of the 2020/21 season.

West Ham believe they are in pole position, though Lingard is still thought to be seriously considering a lucrative offer from Saudi Arabia.

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