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Onyekuru to be handed off to Besiktas

| Thursday, 09 May 2019 23comments  |  Jump to last
Henry Onyekuru could be set to remain in Turkey beyond the terms of his current loan with Galatasaray if reports in that country are correct.

According to Turkish outlet Aksam, Everton are considering "offering" the young Nigerian striker to Besiktas to offset the remaining €5m of what they owe the Black Eagles for Cenk Tosun.

Onyekuru was initially signed by the Toffees for €8m from Eupen of the Belgian league and has been farmed out on two loan spells at Anderlecht and Galatasaray while he becomes eligible for a work permit to play in the Premier League.

He has 15 goals in 40 games in all competitions this season and has been linked with a number of clubs across Europe in recent weeks, including Bayern Munich, Valencia, Sevilla and Monaco.

Original Source: Aksam via All Nigeria Soccer  

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Mike Littler
1 Posted 09/05/2019 at 16:49:22
Surely this can't be true. Young Henry is one for the future and should be kept (work permit allowable). I would rather give them Cenk who looks like he will never get up to speed in the EPL.
Frank Crewe
2 Posted 09/05/2019 at 16:49:42
Player + £5 million at least. We paid £7 million to get him. Given the choice I'd rather not sell him at all. At least until we've seen whether he's any good.
Jay Wood

3 Posted 09/05/2019 at 17:00:45
Stranger and stranger, if true.
Alan J Thompson
4 Posted 09/05/2019 at 17:08:20
You couldn't make this up. At least we got 20 minutes out of Traore and half a friendly out of Tarashaj.
Clarence Yurcan
5 Posted 09/05/2019 at 17:12:49
Indeed, remember when Lacina Traore scored that goal in the FA Cup??? Was that the only game he played with Everton?
Tony Everan
6 Posted 09/05/2019 at 17:40:17
Is he still not eligible to play here?

I would have liked him to have been given a chance, maybe Silva has watched him and doesn't like him enough? Or he wants to offload 2 or 3 wingers and get his own man in, in their place.

Andy Macrae
7 Posted 09/05/2019 at 17:49:20
Surely thats just a fee for Besiktas to have him on loan next season?
Pete North
8 Posted 09/05/2019 at 17:49:49
Guys you sound like you think maybe there's a bit of a chance this drivel is credible. When was the last time a football website associated with the Turkish league had any actual transfer information ? Onyekuru has been scoring goals consistently since we bought him. Why on earth would we consider selling him for 5m euros ? Maybe Onyekuru gets a work permit or maybe we sell him because we won't want his contract to wind down. So we'll either see him next season or he'll go for a good profit.
Dave Williams
9 Posted 09/05/2019 at 17:56:34
I understood that it was to be a two year loan deal to wipe out the debt
Sounds suspect- he has done enough for us to try again for a work permit and no offence but Turkey source isn’t always reliable!
Kieran Kinsella
10 Posted 09/05/2019 at 18:03:25
None of the Onyekuru stories add up which makes me think they are fake news. On one hand he I sought by Bayern on the other he’s a makeweight in a deal for a flop striker. I suspect neither are true.
James Flynn
11 Posted 09/05/2019 at 18:06:58
Young Henry has stated repeatedly (and recently) that his goal is England's Prem.

"the Toffees have offered Besiktas the Nigeria international instead of paying five million euros for the last installment of Cenk Tosun"

For God's sake, reads like two farmers coming to an agreement over trading a couple of horses or bulls.

Kieran Kinsella
12 Posted 09/05/2019 at 18:21:59
In related news. Everton have agreed similar deals with Anderlecht, Real Socidedad and Fiorentina in lieu of payment to settle 30 year, Philip Green backed balloon loans for the purchase of Radzinski, Arteta and Kroldrup with Bolasie, Sandro and Mirallas.
Christy Ring
13 Posted 09/05/2019 at 19:07:21
He's being linked to Italian, German and Spanish clubs, after his impressive season with Galatasaray, and having signed him for €8m, to wipe out the €5m owed, I believe it's utter rubbish. He's probably worth more than Tosun now. Does he not qualify for a work permit, now that he's playing with the Nigerian senior team?
Gavin Johnson
14 Posted 09/05/2019 at 19:25:43
Absolute drivel.
Justin Doone
15 Posted 09/05/2019 at 19:43:30
I'd like to at least see him play for us but I'm not sure that will happen. He's got a lot of potential and has had a good season.

He's not played enough international games to qualify for a work permit as yet. Would normally need another 12 months as I think he's only broken into the international set up this season.

If he plays in this summers African Cup of nations that would help raise his profile, increase % games played and increase his value. All may help build a case to get him a work permit earlier.

The player wants to play in the Premier league as most players do because it's a high level competition with world wide coverage. Plus the wages aren't bad.

However with no loyalty to us other European leagues could also give him greater satisfaction and ability to play in European cups. His agent will push this as a higher profile = more money.

Silva needs players ready for next season. It's an important summer with many players future to sort out. Not sure Silva has the time to wait another 12 months. He may not be here and if we get £10M it's better than a player who can't play for him.

On the other hand I think Brands will be the decision maker in this. How much funds required for targets will need to come from player sales.

Our summer may be more exciting than the past few seasons. Let's hope for the best.

Sam Hoare
16 Posted 09/05/2019 at 19:59:26
This lad's only 21 is absolutely rapid and has scored a fair few goals from a wide position this season. If we do sell him it will be for a good chunk more than £5m.
Bob Parrington
17 Posted 10/05/2019 at 00:27:43
We can tell the end of the season and the transfer window start with the "false news". Mind you, this drivel beats the usual tripe.
Peter Gorman
18 Posted 10/05/2019 at 01:30:15
He reminds me a lot of Lookman, and therein lies the problem.

Both have that air of 'street footballer' about them; great technique and a desire to run at people. Both came on leaps and bounds during a loan spell abroad but Lookman came back without standing much chance of breaking into the team ahead of Bernard and Richarlison, so even getting a work permit, where does that leave young Henry?

I can think of nothing nicer than getting a tune out of exciting, technically gifted footballers like Lookman, Dowell and Onyekuru but we'd be lucky if the side could accommodate one of them.

Si Cooper
19 Posted 10/05/2019 at 01:35:31
Does it say anywhere that we are actually selling him rather than looking for loan deal for him? If he hasn’t yet qualified for a work permit then we can’t play him anyway, and if we can’t play him but don’t want to sell him yet why not use his next loan to help to pay off a debt? Seems straightforward forward to me.
Only questions I have is how long is remaining on his contract and when is he likely to be eligible for his work permit?
David Pearl
20 Posted 10/05/2019 at 05:56:06
Yes and Freddie Starr ate my hamster.

Didnt we pay that for Zouma on loan? Maybe its Turkish april fools day

Derek Knox
21 Posted 10/05/2019 at 08:32:51
This does just not make any sense at all, a promising young talent who has proved he can score regularly, however due to work permit restrictions hasn't actually done it for us yet.

What is more glaringly obvious is the fact we paid £7M for him and as far as I know have also paid a portion of his wages while he has been on loan, so why would we take a loss on that outlay?

Other Clubs never seem to have these work permit issues so why is it always harder for us?

John Hammond
22 Posted 10/05/2019 at 10:05:17
Utter nonsense.
Derek Knox
23 Posted 11/05/2019 at 15:35:48
We would be better claiming a refund from Besiktas as the goods sold are not functioning as they were intended, threaten them with the Trade Descriptions Act, which probably doesn't apply Internationally, as 'not being fit for purpose'. :-)

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