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According to reports, Arsenal are set to miss out on star striker Henry Onyekuru to their London rivals West Ham.
The Mail via Express claim the Hammers have been told to make an £8million bid to secure a deal for the Eupen winger.
The increased fee will reportedly help Onyekuru secure a work permit in the UK due to the points-based system.
If the fee falls in the top 25 per cent of deals in the previous two windows he will be granted three points, making a permit easier to obtain.
Other reports claims West Ham are determined to beat Arsenal to the player’s signature, and the rest of the details would be sorted out in no time with Onyekuru expected in London to undergo his medicals in the coming days.
His red-hot form has made him one of the most sought-after players in Europe, but Onyekuru says his first priority is playing time.
“The first and most important thing for a player is to get playing time,” Onyekuru tells KweséESPN.
“I’m still young and I still have a long career to pursue but now I need to play.
“My agents are in talks with top clubs in the Premier League, Bundesliga, French league and others. If they accept our terms, then I’ll make a decision.
“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,” he explains.
Onyekuru, a self-confessed Arsenal fan, added that he would also like to join a club where he can challenge for, and win, trophies, not fight against relegation.
He says: “It was very hard for me last season in Belgium because we just got promoted and our first objective was to stay in the league.
“Sometimes I would score two goals and we would end up losing the game. That was tough for me. It was just God’s favor that helped me because finishing 13th in the league but emerging joint top scorer was just amazing.
“So I won’t like to go to a club where I will fight again just to stay in the league. I want to win trophies and if I can win trophies at my age, it will be good for me.”
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