Everton sign Arsenal target Onyekuru


Everton have announced that they have completed the signing of Nigerian forward Henry Onyekuru from Belgian side Eupen for an undisclosed fee.

The 20-year-old has signed a five-year deal and will spend next season on loan with Belgian league champions Anderlecht on loan, which will offer him Champions League experience and further improve his all round game.

Onyekuru enjoyed a remarkable  2016/17 season in Belgium and finished joint-top scorer in the Pro League after finding the net 22 times.

The player who was thought to be headed for Arsenal after it was revealed the gunners had reached an agreement to pay his £6.8m buy out clause, has been linked to several English, Turkish and German outfits.

Onyekuru announced signing for Everton days ago, even before the club made the deal official.

The statement announcing the capture of the 19-year-old Nigerian forward on Everton’s official website read:

“Everton has completed the signing of exciting Nigerian forward Henry Onyekuru.

“The pacy 20-year-old has joined the Blues from Belgian side Eupen for an undisclosed fee, becoming the Club’s third confirmed signing of the 2017 summer transfer window.

“Onyekuru, who has signed a five-year contract until the end of June 2022, joins on the back of a prolific 2016/17 season when he was the Pro League’s joint-top scorer with 22 goals.

“Born in Onitsha, Nigeria, Onyekuru joined the esteemed Aspire Academy aged 13 and spent five years at the Doha-based facility before linking up with Eupen.

“In his two years with the Belgian club, he averaged a goal every two appearances and leaves Eupen with the eye-catching statistics of 30 goals in 60 matches in all competitions.

“Onyekuru is a Nigeria international, having made his senior debut for the Super Eagles against Togo in June 2017.

“He is the third new arrival at Goodison Park this summer, following goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and midfielder Davy Klaassen, who were signed earlier this month from Sunderland and Ajax respectively.

“Onyekuru will spend the 2017/18 season on loan at Belgian champions Anderlecht, where he is set to further his football education by playing in the Champions League.”

The forward joins​ an ever growing list of Nigerian internationals that have played for Everton at one point in their careers. Daniel Amokachi, Yakubu Aiyegbeni and Victor Anichebe quickly comes to mind.

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