Onyekuru Enters Galatasaray’s Transfer Radar

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The last may not have been heard about summer transfer news round RSC Anderlecht of Belgium attacker, Henry Onyekuru, as Galatasaray of Turkey are now said to be in the hunt for his signature.

Though Onyekuru resigned himself last week to seeing out his two-season loan spell at Anderlecht from Everton, due to legal implications of pulling out of the deal, the Aspire Academy product has now received a ray of hope for a move after all, following fervid interest in his signature by Gala.

The Turkish Super Lig club are eager to snatch Onyekuru from the Brussels-based side, after failing to lure fellow-Nigerian attacker, Ahmed Musa to join them this summer, but the only snag is that they are talking directly with Everton.

As was the case when Everton cleared Onyekuru from a season wrecking injury early this year, only for Anderlecht to insist the lad had been ruled out of the World Cup, both sides might be heading for another collision.

Onyekuru joined Everton in the summer of 2017 after an impressive season at KAS Eupen of Belgium, but he was loaned out to Anderlecht.

The 21-year-old spent last season on loan at Anderlecht but his campaign was cut short by a long-term knee injury in December, but he is now fully recovered and Galatasaray are keen on signing him this month.

Onyekuru eventually overcame a slow start to hit very good form, scoring nine goals in 19 league appearances and 10 goals across 28 games in all competitions.

He, however, got injured in December and, though the winger-cum-attacker returned earlier than diagnosed, after specialised treatment at Everton, he lost his place in the Anderlecht line-up upon recovery late in the season.

Nonetheless, Gala are ready to seal a deal with Everton for Onyekuru’s signature, which could mean bypassing any hold Anderlecht might have on him into the coming season.

Galatasaray officially stated that they have started negotiations with Everton over another temporary switch for the forward, who had attracted interest from several Premier League clubs before sealing his move to Goodison Park.

Arsenal and West Ham United both held talks with the player’s advisors after he scored 20 goals for Eupen in the 2016/17 campaign.

Everton completed a deal after they activated his £6.8m release clause, but Onyekuru has yet to make an appearance for The Toffees, who appear ready to loan him to Gala next.

The Turkish club stated: “Professional footballer Henry Chukwuemeka Onyekuru’s official transfer to Galatasaray has started with official talks with the player and the club Everton FC.”

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