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Opinion: West Ham one step closer to £32m transfer thanks to Arsenal’s Zinchenko deal

It’s a funny old game.   While Nottingham Forest look to have snatched Jesse Lingard from under West Ham United’s nose, David Moyes’ pursuit of…

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It’s a funny old game.  

While Nottingham Forest look to have snatched Jesse Lingard from under West Ham United’s nose, David Moyes’ pursuit of another transfer target has just received given a timely leg-up by the men from the East Midlands. 

The Athletic reported recently that Lille’s Amadou Onana had admirers not just at West Ham but at the City Ground too. But, on Wednesday afternoon, Nottingham Forest unveiled another high-energy, box-to-box midfielder dynamo in garibaldi red. One who’s arrival could bring an end to speculation linking Onana with the play-off winners.

“We are delighted to secure the signing of Lewis O’Brien,” Forest boss Steve Cooper says after completing a double-deal for £10 million O’Brien and his former Huddersfield Town team-mate Harry Toffolo. 

“He possesses many of the qualities that we are looking for to strengthen the midfield.” 

West Ham one step closer to Amadou Onana deal

But what of the other clubs who placed Onana on their summer wishlists? Well, Arsenal also appear to be prioritising other targets. Oleksandr Zinchenko will reunite with Mikel Arteta and Gabriel Jesus at Arsenal, joining from Manchester City in a deal worth £32 million. 

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“I’ll say on behalf of the club, our gratitude on and off the pitch,” City boss Pep Guardiola tells The Mirror. “It was nice yesterday with Oleks because we could say bye properly.  

“Unfortunately, Gabi (Gabriel Jesus) and Raheem (Sterling could not do it but with him we could, and he moves on to Arsenal. Zinchenko will be a miss but life goes on. It’s a hurdle we have to overcome.” 

Zinchenko could replace the inconsistent, ever-combustible Granit Xhaka on the left-hand side of Mikel Arteta’s midfield two. The similarly left-footed O’Brien is expected to fulfil a similar role at Nottingham Forest. 

Now, this does not mean West Ham have a clear run at Onana. The 6ft 5ins Belgium international remains one of the most coveted young midfielders in the market, despite the fact that both Arsenal and Nottingham Forest appear to have backed out of contention. 

But after making a third bid of £32 million (Sky Sports), things are moving in the right direction.

The Standard say that the Hammers are now ‘confident’ Onana will be wearing claret-and-blue in 2022/23. That confidence, it seems, is not misplaced either.

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