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Onyekuru turns down a move to CSKA Moscow

Wednesday, 17 July 2019 28comments  |  Jump to last
Henry Onyekuru's agent claims he has turned down a move to CKSA Moscow.

"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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Mark Burrage
1 Posted 17/07/2019 at 17:16:37
Do any other clubs run into these problems with signing foreign players? It seems to be a common occurrence at Everton, or am I missing something?
Tony Abrahams
2 Posted 17/07/2019 at 17:31:43
It probably just explains a lot about how football is now going with regards to transfers Mark?

He seems to have his heart set on Gala? Who probably don’t 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?

Pat Kelly
3 Posted 17/07/2019 at 17:46:17
He has plenty of time to get the necessary caps for a work permit. Still 7 or 8 years younger than Delph.
David Pearl
4 Posted 17/07/2019 at 18:00:46
Well the last time we bought players in early it was a complete flop. So as much as we'd prefer our business done early this might be the norm now, especially with the window closing earlier. Who knows what call should be made on Onyekuru. I don't even think he's ready for the premier league yet so a loan seems the obvious choice... unless Brands needs the cash for our new forwards!
Steve Ferns
5 Posted 17/07/2019 at 18:30:44
He's already 22. I'd sell him. He was an expensive indulgence for Walsh. Maybe he'd have worked out if he got a work permit, but he's not getting one any time soon, so best to cash in whilst he still has value.
Mike Gaynes
6 Posted 17/07/2019 at 18:34:25
Pat #3, he's not even close. Nigeria left him unused on the bench for the entire Africa Nations Cup until he subbed on late in their last game against Algeria. One brief appearance in six games.

There's no indication that he will ever reach that 75% threshold.

I strongly doubt he will ever see Goodison.

Hugh Jenkins
7 Posted 17/07/2019 at 18:46:05
I can fully understand the drive by EPL clubs to have the window closed before the first KO of the season. However, if the other continental clubs don't follow suit ( which they haven't so far) it does put EPL clubs at a disadvantage in negotiations with clubs outside of the EPL.
Mark Pringle
8 Posted 17/07/2019 at 19:05:09
Sell! All this work permit nonsense for a player who may have a bit of potential, scored a few goals in the Turkish league, less than Cenk and cant get a regular game for Nigeria. Get the £15-£20m in the bank towards a top class striker and top class centre half, hopefully Zouma.
Paul Hewitt
9 Posted 17/07/2019 at 21:23:29
How ridiculous is it that a person can't come over to work. He will be paying his taxes for God's sake. We seem to let in people who don't have jobs, all the time.
Kieran Kinsella
10 Posted 17/07/2019 at 21:35:49
I am not an expert on employment laws by any means but this situation bewilders me. If you cannot legally work in England, how can an English employer or indeed the employee be legally bound to honour an employment contract?

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."

Derek Knox
11 Posted 17/07/2019 at 22:12:32
Kieran, some good points you make there, I know very little about the situation either, but like you say although he is not allowed to work, but is being paid, what happens with Tax and National Insurance, which all earners have to pay?
Steve Ferns
12 Posted 17/07/2019 at 22:13:46
Kieran, you make the mistake of thinking the government set the criteria. They make the rules on work permits, but as far as the actual criteria that Henry has to fulfil, this is something the FA came up with. The government wouldn’t be bothered if the FA said anyone on over £1k a week could have a work permit, of course not, it’s all tax money into the public coffers.

The current work permit rules were set by the FA over 30 years ago. It’s designed to strengthen the national side. Yes, really. It’s 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 don’t meet the work permit criteria, now they don’t need to in order to keep playing here, but this is the issue, they do if they sign a new contract. So, let’s imagine Mirallas or schneiderlin are given a new deal, they’d be refused as they haven’t 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.

Jerome Shields
13 Posted 17/07/2019 at 23:12:47
He my be useful at Galatesary, but he is pretty useless as far as Everton is concerned. No firm offers for his services and even speculation that he is turning down a offer, in there absence. If he was at Goodison he would be the same and it is doubtful that he would make the first team squad. It's clear what he has to do to get a, work permit and he isn't to bothered about it. How he was signed without the condition of getting a work permit is pretty stupid.
Jim Harrison
14 Posted 17/07/2019 at 23:13:11
Cash in, move on

Jay Harris
15 Posted 17/07/2019 at 23:29:07
So he is obviously being paid to sit on his arse at the moment until HE decides what his future will be.

I wish some of our management could manage at lowere league levels for a year or two where every penny has to count.

Si Cooper
16 Posted 18/07/2019 at 03:38:21
On the work permit situation, I can see very little difference between Henry and (Brazilian) Joelinton who the Barcodes are supposed to be buying from Hoffenheim. There was a hefty segment about the deal on Sky Sports and problems getting a work permit were not mentioned at all.

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?

Si Cooper
17 Posted 18/07/2019 at 03:41:00
Jay Harris - who else should decide where his future lies?
Si Cooper
18 Posted 18/07/2019 at 04:17:55
Okay, I've now noticed a few comments on work permits largely depending on how much the transfer fee is and how much the player is paid!

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?

John Hammond
19 Posted 18/07/2019 at 09:25:26
Mark #8: We ain't getting Zouma!
Dave Williams
20 Posted 18/07/2019 at 09:55:57
Sell now, make a decent profit on what we paid and put the money towards a striker. As his contract runs down, his value will drop... and it seems unlikely he will get a permit anytime soon.
Kieran Kinsella
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.

Si Cooper
22 Posted 18/07/2019 at 17:56:56
Kieran, I think, as Steve has posted, the only reasonable way to encourage the development of home-grown players is a simple quota system.
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.

Michael Kenrick
23 Posted 18/07/2019 at 21:47:31
And it's now being reported that Everton have rejected a request from Galatasaray to take Henry Onyekuru on loan for a second season. Everton are reportedly insisting on a permanent move to get the Nigerian off their books, for a reported asking price of €15M.
Brian Wilkinson
24 Posted 18/07/2019 at 22:01:30
I do not blame Everton for turning down a further loan move.

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.

Tony Abrahams
25 Posted 18/07/2019 at 22:14:17
Interesting that, Michael, and this hopefully shows a much more professional Everton, especially when looking back at Yobo, and how easy it was for the Turks to take the piss because we never had a pot to piss in!
Don Alexander
26 Posted 18/07/2019 at 22:50:59
Better not mention the buffoon who was wholly in charge at the time though Tony (#25), as some fans seem to be unable/unwilling to see any analogy between him and decades long dross on the field, and he's still there of course.
Tony Abrahams
27 Posted 19/07/2019 at 07:58:34
If I was Joe Root, I would have smashed that one out the stadium Don, but like cricket, all talk about the self-proclaimer, shouldn’t be allowed on these pages mate!
Franny Porter
28 Posted 22/07/2019 at 10:26:46
What an absolute shambles of a transfer this has been. Quite embarrassing for all concerned.

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