"We had a proposal from CSKA, but the player decided to refuse the Moscow club," Guillaume Costet-Barmada told Russian website Sport 24.
The 22-year-old has a contract with Everton that runs through June 2022 but the Nigerian winger cannot play in the Premier League because he does not qualify for a work permit in the United Kingdom.
He was immediately loaned out to Anderlecht when he joined the Toffees in the summer of 2017 and spent the whole of last season at Galatasaray where he helped them win the Turkish double, scoring 16 goals in 44 games across all competitions.
Onyekuru will likely be loaned out again in the upcoming season or sold on a permanent basis as he has not played the required 75% of international games over the past two years.
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1 Posted 17/07/2019 at 17:16:37
2 Posted 17/07/2019 at 17:31:43
He seems to have his heart set on Gala? Who probably dont want to pay what Everton want, with regards either a transfer fee, or all his wages maybe?
Everything seems to be getting done a little bit late this summer, so it might just be possible, that most of these transfers have become a game of cat and mouse, especially with the obscene amount of money that clubs have to pay, both in transfer fees and wages right now?
3 Posted 17/07/2019 at 17:46:17
4 Posted 17/07/2019 at 18:00:46
5 Posted 17/07/2019 at 18:30:44
6 Posted 17/07/2019 at 18:34:25
There's no indication that he will ever reach that 75% threshold.
I strongly doubt he will ever see Goodison.
7 Posted 17/07/2019 at 18:46:05
8 Posted 17/07/2019 at 19:05:09
9 Posted 17/07/2019 at 21:23:29
10 Posted 17/07/2019 at 21:35:49
Essentially, you won't let foreigners come here because you want to protect jobs for UK citizens. But you have no problem with British companies, paying foreign workers for a job that neither they nor anyone British ended up doing.
Surely, the money is the key to all of this in terms of employment law and protecting the interests of eligible British workers? How does it help anyone on the DOLE? "Don't worry, lad, we know the job market is tight so we won't let Henry work here. We will though let him get paid for doing no work."
11 Posted 17/07/2019 at 22:12:32
12 Posted 17/07/2019 at 22:13:46
The current work permit rules were set by the FA over 30 years ago. Its designed to strengthen the national side. Yes, really. Its due for overhaul and I predict the rules will be scrapped completely once Brexit happens. In particular, the premier league is heavily populated by European nationals who dont meet the work permit criteria, now they dont need to in order to keep playing here, but this is the issue, they do if they sign a new contract. So, lets imagine Mirallas or schneiderlin are given a new deal, theyd be refused as they havent played enough games for their countries and also not enough for us for discretion to be used.
The easy solution is to limit the quota of non british nationals and then to allow the clubs to fill that as they see fit and dispense with work permits.
For example, you have 25 man squad registered, and 10 can be “foreign”. Those 10 can be anyone you want and they work permits automatically without any criteria. Foreign of course being non-british nationals, so that includes the Irish, who will have to scratch around for a british passport to get around the foreign player classification.
13 Posted 17/07/2019 at 23:12:47
14 Posted 17/07/2019 at 23:13:11
15 Posted 17/07/2019 at 23:29:07
I wish some of our management could manage at lowere league levels for a year or two where every penny has to count.
16 Posted 18/07/2019 at 03:38:21
From what I could glean from Wikipedia he doesn't have dual or European nationality and only a few caps for Brazil in the U17 team (he is 23 in a months time). He played for Hoffenheim – who appear to be up and down the Bundesliga fairly erratically – last season but spent the previous two on loan in Austria.
I really can't see how he satisfies any criteria put in place to protect the English game from journeymen players from all corners of the globe. Am I the only one who has a mental picture of some RS supporting git saying ‘rules are rules' when the Everton applications appear and then waving anything through for anybody else?
17 Posted 18/07/2019 at 03:41:00
18 Posted 18/07/2019 at 04:17:55
That pretty much ruins the chances of clubs getting good deals on young foreigners. Is the aim to fuel the ridiculous wage and transfer fee inflation and bankrupt everybody but the very richest clubs?
That has to be open to abuse hasn't it with clubs finding ways to misrepresent how much they are paying by funnelling part of it through a third party (agents fee?) in a loop that ends up back with them.
How would it work if we sold Onyekuru to someone for a vastly inflated fee and then bought him back for the same price a year later, and then paid him £200,000 a week but charged him £125,000 a week for his car parking space at Finch Farm?
19 Posted 18/07/2019 at 09:25:26
20 Posted 18/07/2019 at 09:55:57
21 Posted 18/07/2019 at 16:29:19
Yes, there's an incentive to over pay for foreigners to get permits although I guess the FA's logic is that it levels the field as clubs over-pay for British players?
The other thing about it that is unfair is the relative strength of different nations. If you are Brazilian and talented at 18, so what? Get in line with thousands of others. If you are from Bhutan, you're golden because you will play in 100 percent of internationals if you are halfway decent.
22 Posted 18/07/2019 at 17:56:56
Henry seems to be caught in a bit of a bind; in the Nigerian match day squad but not regularly getting on the pitch. How reliant is he on an adventurous national manager? From what I saw the manager was content to stick with first choices who were performing below par as long as the team was likely to progress.
So how do you realistically judge his development / ability against someone like Joelinton who, as you point out, has much more competition to get anywhere near his national team? I can see very little difference in their European careers so far, with Henry having had a bad injury to recover from as well. It seems that Joelinton is flavour of the month for a couple of Prem teams who are prepared to pay £36 million for him. Does that mean that he is massively better than the domestic alternatives or just that bit better that it is worth overpaying for him for clubs that have the extra cash at this time?
I thought the strategy of trying to unearth some raw foreign talent and gamble on their development was a reasonable one for clubs to have some chance of levelling the playing field, but now I am revising that opinion.
23 Posted 18/07/2019 at 21:47:31
24 Posted 18/07/2019 at 22:01:30
He will be no closer to a work permit next season, with a season less to run on his contract.
Time to sell now while we can, forget the £15 Million, I would sell for lower insisting on a bigger sell-on fee in the future, in the contract.
25 Posted 18/07/2019 at 22:14:17
26 Posted 18/07/2019 at 22:50:59
27 Posted 19/07/2019 at 07:58:34
28 Posted 22/07/2019 at 10:26:46
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