ENGLISH Premier League giants Everton have slapped a €15m price tag on Super Eagles striker Henry Onyekuru and insisted that he will not be loaned out again over the forthcoming season asking any club that wants his services to buy the player outright.
Onyekuru, 21, joined Everton from Belgian side Eupen at the start of the 2017/18 season and was immediately sent out on loan to Anderlecht. He came to prominence after finishing the 2016/17 season as joint top-scorer in the Belgian Juliper League with 22 goals in 38 games, sparking off a frenzy for his signature.
Due to UK work permit issues, Onyekuru is unable to play in England so his loan spell with Anderlecht was followed by him joining Turkish giants Galatasaray last season. In Turkey, Onyekuru had a great season, scoring 16 goals in 44 appearances as Galatasaray won the league and cup double.
Happy with Onyekuru’s form, Galatasary want the player on loan again over the course of the 2019/20 season but Everton have told the Turkish giants that they must purchase him outright if they desire his services. Already a loan offer has been rejected, with Everton insisting that the player will not leave Merseyside unless he is bought.
Onyekuru was in the Nigerian squad during the recent African Cup of Nations in Egypt but was only used as a substitute in one of the seven matches the Super Eagles played. His lack of playing time will count against him if Everton were to apply to the British Home Office for a work permit for the player.