Everton owned attacker Henry Onyekuru has made his feelings about next season very clear. The Nigerian, who has just spent the season on loan at Galatasaray, would like to continue at the Turkish side for the time being.
As reported by A Spor, the striker made it clear that he is hopeful Everton and Galatasaray can thrash out a deal that sees him stay in Istanbul for next season.
“If it was only my decision, I would, of course, choose to stay.
“Because I’m so happy here. I would also like to be in the Champions League next season. There’s nothing I can do except wait for the decision of two clubs. I would like to stay.”
Onyekuru joined Everton from KAS Eupen in 2017 for a fee reported by the BBC to be in the region of £7 million. However, work permit issues saw him immediately loaned out to Anderlecht last season. With the same issue present last summer, he was sent to Turkey.
The 21-year-old went on to have an excellent season with Gala. One of his 16 goals this season proved a crucial winner in the Turkish Super Lig decider with Istanbul Basaksehir. Therefore, he is a massive fan favourite among the Turkish side’s vociferous fanbase.
As reported by the Liverpool Echo, Everton do have long-term plans for the player but a work permit will still be hard to come by this summer, even if he has a successful AFCON with Nigeria.
Hurriyet recently reported that a £2 million fee could see Onyekuru head back to Galatasaray and Everton would be wise to allow him a deal that keeps him happy.
If he continues to grow in this way, he could be a huge asset at Goodison Park once his work permit issues can be hurdled.
Onyekuru wants a Galatasaray stay and, for now, that seems like Everton’s best option.