It seems Everton are not willing to spend big money in the January transfer window. Marco Silva again hinted at that fact when admitting that the club is unlikely to bring in a new striker, despite allowing Oumar Niasse to join Cardiff City and being continually linked with a £40 million move for Michy Batshuayi.
Cenk Tosun would clearly have to leave for big money for Everton to make any deal happen in that department. That is also looking increasingly unlikely. However, it could be that a £7 million man is behind Everton’s decision to hold off in January.
“It’s not a matter of me changing my mind [about bringing in a new striker if Niasse leaves].
“What I told you before that we could sign someone if someone else leaves the club or if we sell someone, we just can’t go and sign new players because the feedback I get from our board is that we don’t have the financial conditions to go into the market.”
As reported by the BBC, Everton spent £7 million on Nigerian attacker Henry Onyekuru in 2017. He was immediately loaned out to Anderlecht. The hope was he could thrive in Belgium, feature at the World Cup for the Super Eagles, and earn a work permit.
Unfortunately, an injury got in the way of that plan and in the summer Everton were forced to loan him out again.
He headed to Galatasaray where his form has certainly caught the eye. Playing anywhere across the front-three he has recently found his best form for the Turkish giants. He scored a hat-trick at the weekend to take his tally to five goals in his last two games and nine in 21 games total.
Capable of playing from the wing or through the middle Everton will certainly not have forgotten about this hot young talent.
He was included in Nigeria’s latest squad in November and if he can continue to find favour in that manner a work permit could soon be forthcoming.
It could be, come the summer, Everton already have a new £7 million forward at the ready.