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.
Welcome Henry Onyekuru!! Positive vibes only when we gather together to fight for our Nation!! pic.twitter.com/4SzEyGJjYg
— John Ogu (@ogujohnugo) June 5, 2017
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.”
— Sky Football ⚽️ (@SkyFootball) June 7, 2017
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.