Everton striker Henry Onyekuru could be set to stay with Turkish giants Galatasaray for a second season. Complete Sports are reporting that a £1.74 million loan fee is close to be agreed between the two clubs.
The Nigerian striker has been a revelation for the Super Lig outfit, netting 16 goals and contributing six assists during 41 games.
A 21-year-old, he failed to obtain a work permit last season which is required in order to play in England with Everton.
Onyekuru is expected to cap a fine season off by earning a place in Nigeria’s squad for the African Cup of Nations which takes place in Egypt this year. He made his Super Eagles debut two years ago and has nine caps to his name.
It was expected that Onyekuru might get the chance to stake a claim for a place with the Toffees next season. This development seems to indicate that Marco Silva is happy for him to keep playing well and scoring goals, given his tender years,
This news is perhaps somewhat odd given that Everton don’t possess a plethora of strikers. Of course, that could change in the summer as Silva looks to overhaul his squad.
Onyekuru does have concerns over his work permit. That might have played into the Everton boss’ thinking and staying at a club where he is adored can only bode well for him.
He netted 16 times last season, showcasing the ability to score lots of different types of goals. Whilst he is happy and firing the Toffees’ boss won’t want to upset the morale of his player.
If he has another season firing on all cylinders for Galatasaray and can work his way into regular Nigeria reckoning, the following season could become his breakout campaign at Goodison Park.