Xabi Alonso is building a winning team at Bayer Leverkusen, and Victor Boniface is right in the middle of it. The Nigerian forward has been a revelation for the German club this season since signing for them last summer. The 23-year-old won the league’s Rookie of the Month and Player of the Month in his first month in Germany, signaling his arrival as a star.
With his growing reputation in the Bundesliga, Victor Boniface is now attracting interest from the Premier League, with West Ham reportedly ready to break the bank to land him. The Hammers are said to be willing to splash the cash to sign the 2000-born Nigerian striker.
West Ham ready to break the bank for Victor Boniface
West Ham fell off in the Premier League last season, with only a victory in the UEFA Conference League saving their season. However, the Hammers have started strongly this season, raking in 35 points, five less than they managed to collect for the entire last season.
David Moyes has benefitted from new signings like Mohamed Kudus, James Ward-Prowse, Edson Alvarez, and Mavropanos. The Hammers wisely spent the money they got from the sale of Declan Rice to Arsenal and could even be tempted to fork out more to bring in Victor Boniface from Bayer Leverkusen this summer.
The Nigerian international only joined Leverkusen from Belgian side Union Saint-Golloise last summer after becoming the joint top scorer with Marcus Rashford in the 2022–23 Europa League campaign with six goals.
Before Union SG, Boniface had a stint with Bodo/Glimt in Norway, where he spent three seasons from 2019 to 2022.
West Ham are willing to break their club record to bring Victor Boniface to the London Stadium, where he’ll link up with fellow Africans Mohamed Kudus and Said Benrahma.
Victor Boniface’s smashing season with Bayer Leverkusen
Victor Boniface has been a revelation since joining Bayer Leverkusen from Bodo just last summer. The Nigerian forward has bagged four rookie of the month awards and one player of the month award in less than six months at the German side.
He’s the fourth-highest goalscorer in the Bundesliga this season with 10 goals, only behind Harry Kane (22), Serhou Guirassy (17), and Lois Openda (12). He has also assisted seven goals in the league, taking his total goal contribution to 17.
His goals have helped keep Xabi Alonso’s Leverkusen at the top of the Bundesliga table with a seven-point lead over second-placed and reigning champions Bayern Munich.
Xabi Alonso’s good work at Leverkusen has led to reports of a possible return to Liverpool in the near future, with reports suggesting that the former Liverpool midfielder has a clause in his Leverkusen contract that grants him a return to Anfield at any time.