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Arsenal given boost to sign 22-goals African winger

Arsenal and West Ham United have moved a step closer to signing Henry Onyekuru after he was granted a UK Visa.

The two London clubs have been heavily linked with the KAS Eupen forward and are both allegedly prepared to meet his release clause of £6.8m.

It seemingly leaves the 20-year-old Nigerian with a decision to make regarding his future, but it has been claimed that he is keen to move to the Premier League.

A source told SCORENigieria: “Henry has been in Paris, he is there with his agents.

“He has been granted his visa to UK and he is now studying all the offers and possibilities with his handlers. His first choice is a Premier League club.”

Onyekuru – who netted 22 goals last season – has previously stated that he wants first-team football at his new club.

West Ham given boost to sign 22-goals African winger

Arsenal and West Ham United have moved a step closer to signing Henry Onyekuru after he was granted a UK Visa.

The two London clubs have been heavily linked with the KAS Eupen forward and are both allegedly prepared to meet his release clause of £6.8m.

It seemingly leaves the 20-year-old Nigerian with a decision to make regarding his future, but it has been claimed that he is keen to move to the Premier League.

A source told SCORENigieria: “Henry has been in Paris, he is there with his agents.

“He has been granted his visa to UK and he is now studying all the offers and possibilities with his handlers. His first choice is a Premier League club.”

Onyekuru – who netted 22 goals last season – has previously stated that he wants first-team football at his new club.

Arsenal Attacker Target Declares He’ll Only Join a Club Where There Are Chances to Play

Arsenal risk losing out in their ongoing pursuit of KAS Eupen striker Henry Onyekuru if the 20-year-old Nigerian isn’t convinced that he will get regular chances to play and develop, with the player declaring he doesn’t want to move anywhere he’ll just sit on the bench.

The Gunners are thought to be favourites to land Onyekuru after plenty of reports up to now that a £6.8m deal with Belgian club Eupen has been agreed.

But with a number of other clubs also interested in his signature, the decision over where he now goes lies with the player and where he sees the best opportunities to continue his rise.

“The first and most important thing for a player is to get playing time. I’m still young and I still have a long career to pursue but now I need to play,” Onyekuru told KweséESPN in his native Nigeria.

“My agents are in talks with top clubs in the Premier League, Bundesliga, French league and others. If they accept our terms, then I’ll make a decision,” he added.

“It’s not just about going to a big club and sitting on the bench. It’s not good for me, or being loaned to a club where I won’t play or where I will struggle to play. The money can come later but for now, I just want to play to improve, not just to play for a big club.”

Onyekuru may not view chances at Arsenal too favourably after the experience of Lucas Perez. The Spaniard is set to depart just a year after his £17m arrival from Deportivo La Coruna having hardly been given an opportunity to play in the Premier League.

22 goals Arsenal Target Reveals What He’s Looking for in Next Club

Arsenal, West Ham and Newcastle are all vying for the signature of 20-year old Nigerian striker Henry Onyekuru.

According to ​Metro the three clubs were all impressed by Onyekuru’s form for the Belgian side K.A.S Eupen where he finished joint top scorer in the Belgian First Division. He ended tied on 22 goals with Łukasz Teodorczyk from Anderlecht, an impressive feat as Onyekuru’s Eupen side finished 13th of 16 teams.

The youngster has recently made his debut for his native Nigeria, coming on as a substitute in the Super Eagles’ 3-0 win over Togo. Onyekuru has insisted that playing time will sway his decision. He told ESPN: “The first and most important thing for a player is to get playing time. I’m still young and I still have a long career to pursue but now I need to play.”

The youngster does not seem bothered about the possible lure of a big club. “It’s not just about going to a big club and sitting on the bench. It’s not good for me, or being loaned to a club where I won’t play or where I will struggle to play.”

Arsenal’s squad depth could mean that first-team opportunities for the youngster could be limited. While Alexis Sanchez could be departing the Emirates, Onyekuru could still be behind Lucas Perez, Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck.

West Ham could offer Onyekuru a route into the first-team with Andy Carroll injury-prone, and a number of other strikers on their books enduring tough campaigns in 2016-17.

Newcastle are looking to bolster their squad after securing an immediate return to the Premier League. With only four strikers in their squad last season in the Championship, Rafa Bentiez has been targeting a striker but he was keen to attract someone who had previous Premier League experience.

Onyekuru is an exciting young talent but seems to be a player who is determined to be a regular starter and this story is likely to be one that runs over the summer months.

22 goals West Ham Target Reveals What He’s Looking for in Next Club

Arsenal, West Ham and Newcastle are all vying for the signature of 20-year old Nigerian striker Henry Onyekuru.

According to ​Metro the three clubs were all impressed by Onyekuru’s form for the Belgian side K.A.S Eupen where he finished joint top scorer in the Belgian First Division. He ended tied on 22 goals with Łukasz Teodorczyk from Anderlecht, an impressive feat as Onyekuru’s Eupen side finished 13th of 16 teams.

The youngster has recently made his debut for his native Nigeria, coming on as a substitute in the Super Eagles’ 3-0 win over Togo. Onyekuru has insisted that playing time will sway his decision. He told ESPN: “The first and most important thing for a player is to get playing time. I’m still young and I still have a long career to pursue but now I need to play.”

The youngster does not seem bothered about the possible lure of a big club. “It’s not just about going to a big club and sitting on the bench. It’s not good for me, or being loaned to a club where I won’t play or where I will struggle to play.”

Arsenal’s squad depth could mean that first-team opportunities for the youngster could be limited. While Alexis Sanchez could be departing the Emirates, Onyekuru could still be behind Lucas Perez, Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck.

West Ham could offer Onyekuru a route into the first-team with Andy Carroll injury-prone, and a number of other strikers on their books enduring tough campaigns in 2016-17.

Newcastle are looking to bolster their squad after securing an immediate return to the Premier League. With only four strikers in their squad last season in the Championship, Rafa Bentiez has been targeting a striker but he was keen to attract someone who had previous Premier League experience.

Onyekuru is an exciting young talent but seems to be a player who is determined to be a regular starter and this story is likely to be one that runs over the summer months.

29-goals/assists Striker Confirms Arsenal Offer & Claims That ‘It’s a Good Feeling’

Nigerian striker Henry Onyekuru has revealed that FA Cup winners Arsenal have made an offer with the aim of getting him to the Emirates ahead of next season.

The 19-year-old scored 24 goals for Belgian side KAS Eupen last season, garnering a fair bit of attention from various other outfits. Last week, reports claimed that the Gunners had reached a deal to sign the forward, but the club denied any knowledge of the transfer.

Yet speaking to the Nigerian Football Federation, Onyekuru declared that a dream move to Arsenal could be on the cards, with the Londoners having made an offer for his services.

“Thierry Henry has always been my idol since I was a kid,” he said.

“I love watching him play, watching Arsenal and going to YouTube to watch most of his games.

“I remember saying if I had to move to the Premier League I want to be like Thierry Henry, so it’s like a dream come true and I’m looking towards it at the moment.

“It’s a good feeling for a club like Arsenal come to make an offer for me, this is due to my hard work in training and games. It’s a good feeling.

“I am waiting and working towards it and we’ll see how it goes after the [Nigeria] qualifiers.”

Arsenal recently agreed a fresh deal with manager Arsene Wenger in a move that really upset fans. But if the Frenchman can deliver a few quality signings this summer, all may be forgiven.

Arsenal Move Quickly to Agree £6.8m Fee for 38-goals/assists Attacker

Arsenal have agreed a fee of £6.8m with Belgian side Eupen for their highly-rated Nigerian winger Henry Onyekuru.

According to the ​Daily Mail, the Gunners have a deal in place with the Belgian side but are yet to agree personal terms with Onyekuru, who wants assurances over the amount of playing time he will receive.

The 19-year-old has had an impressive season in Belgium, scoring 24 goals and providing 14 assists for Eupen, despite the club finishing in a mid-table position.

​​Onyekuru is currently away on international duty with Nigeria as they prepare to face Corsica and Togo, however, it is expected that talks between Arsenal and the player’s agent will take place imminently.

There is rumoured interest from Anderlecht and Club Brugge, but the young winger has his sights set on a move to England.

It will be up to Arsene Wenger to convince the player that he will have opportunities to break into the first-team next season, and that he can become an integral player for the Gunners.

Arsenal have moved quickly in the transfer market, after Wenger reportedly agreed a two-year-contract extension to remain with the club.

However, there are apparently a number of issues Wenger has been told to resolve prior to agreeing a new deal, and acting faster when it comes to player recruitment seems to be one of them.

And it looks like he isn’t wasting any time, after agreeing a deal for Onyekuru and reportedly securing the services of left-back Sead Kolasinac from Schalke on a free transfer.

22-goals Arsenal Transfer Target Insists He’s Ready for Premier League Move

Arsenal transfer target Henry Onyekuru has shown his confidence, by declaring he is ready for the Premier League..

Onyekuru finished as the Belgium league’s joint top goal scorer after netting an impressive 22 times in his breakout season, leading to interest from the Gunners as well as Everton and Southampton.

After coming third in Belgium’s Jupiler Pro League player of the year the 19-year-old did admit he could stay put, but admitted a move to England has always been an ambition. In an interview with DH.be, he said: “Everything is possible. Anderlecht, Club Brugge, England…I still haven’t decided. I have had fun in Belgium, but I have always dreamed of the Premier League.”

When asked if he believed he was ready for the English top flight he replied: “‘Believe’ is not the right word. I know I’m ready. I’m sure of that.”

Onyekuru begun his career at Qatari Aspire Academy which is partnered with his current club Eupen, but has said he will not rush into a decision over his future.

After being selected for the Nigerian senior side, he could feature in their friendly against Togo on June 1 as well as during the 2019 African Nations Cup qualifier match against South Africa nine days later.

With Onyekuru looking to impress during those fixtures his focus will solely be on the games, but he will make his decision once the second match is over.

He said: “I don’t want to decide too quickly. Because it’s a decision for life, which is very important for my family and myself.”

“I dream of wearing Arsenal shirt” – 18-goals attacker desperate to play at Emirates

Highly regarded Nigerian attack Henry Onyekuru has attracted interest across Europe, and Liverpool are reportedly eyeing up a move for the 19-year-old who has revealed his dream move would be to Premier League rivals Arsenal, ​according to the ​Express.

His 18 goals and 7 assists across 33 appearances for Belgian side Eupen have turned the heads of Europe’s top teams including the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Celtic and Belgian giants Bruges.

Onyekuru predominantly features on the left wing but his versatility means he can play down the middle and on the right flank in which his career so far has seen him come through the Aspire Academy in Qatar before moving to Eupen in 2015.

Liverpool have reportedly sent scouts to watch the talented attacker in action in recent weeks as the player is said to be interested in a move to the Premier League.

However, Onyekuru could be waiting for an approach from the Emirates as the 19-year-old would like to follow in the footsteps of his childhood idol Thierry Henry by wearing the Gunners badge on his chest.

Onyekuru admitted last summer: “I hope to find myself one day in a top club in Europe and to play for my national team.

He added: “The shirt I dream of wearing is Arsenal’s because I’ve always had Thierry Henry as a role model since I was little.”

The widespread interest in Onyekuru throughout the Premier League and Europe could lead to a number of career defining decisions for the teenager who looks set to make his mark on the big stage in the coming seasons.

Arsenal Ready to Beat Rivals in the Race for 21 Goals/assists African Speedster

Arsenal and Chelsea have joined a number of top clubs in the race to sign Nigerian youngster Henry Onyekuru, the Daily Mail have reported.

The 19-year-old winger has impressed for Belgian side Eupen, attracting the interest of numerous clubs in Europe.

Celtic reportedly had a £1m bid turned down last month for the in demand teenager, and he has now been brought to the attention of some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs.

Onyekuru attempted to force a move to the SPL champions in January having learned of their interest, and was briefly dropped from the team. But he has since made a return and has been informed that he can leave the club in the summer.

That has opened the door for Arsenal and Chelsea, who may have to pay at least £6m for the highly rated prospect. The price for the player also plays a big part in his likelihood of being granted a work permit after a potential move to the UK.

Onyekuru has had a hand in 21 goals in 30 games for Eupen this season, and impressed against Gent earlier this month when a number of scouts watched him score the winner.

Sevilla, Borussia Dortmund, Monchengladbach and Lille are also believed to be interested in Onyekuru and are reportedly tracking his progress.