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Henry Onyekuru -

Everton completed the signing of exciting striking prospect Henry Onyekuru from KAS Eupen in Belgium for an officially undisclosed fee, reported to be around £6.8m.

The Blues beat off competition from Arsenal, Paris St Germain and West Ham to land the 20-year-old who has signed a five-year contract to become the club's third signing of the summer following the acquisitions of Jordan Pickford and Davy Klaassen earlier this month.

Onyekuru, who finished joint-top scorer in the Belgian league last season, will spend the 2017-18 season with champions Anderlecht where he will wear the No 9 jersey.

“I feel very happy and delighted with this move to Everton,” the player told SCORENigeria earlier this week after he came through a medical at Finch Farm and finalised personal terms.

“I am delighted because my first target of signing for a Premier League team has materialised.

“It wasn't an easy decision to make for me, but with the advise of top players and proper studying of the other offers.

“It is a great deal for me.”

Onyekuru, who wears the name "Henry" on his jersey, was picked up by the Qatar-funded Aspire Zone Foundation to develop when he was 13 before moving him to Eupen, the club they purchased in 2010. To date, he is the most promising product of the Aspire academy and he almost secured a move to Celtic during the January transfer window but the Belgian club blocked the sale.

“I knew of the interest from Celtic but it was my destiny to join Everton," said Onyekuru. "I’m really happy that a club like Celtic were interested in me. But I still need to improve as a player and I can do that at Anderlecht before hopefully playing in the Premier League. I want to have an excellent season in Belgium before returning to Everton. But the Champions League draw has been very tough for us, it’s one of the more difficult groups."

“PSG and Bayern are obviously the favourites to qualify but Celtic is also a complicated opponent for us. Anderlecht’s results have been up and down recently but this squad is prepared to fight in Europe. I won’t have extra motivation for the matches with Celtic. For me, I treat every match like a cup final and I’ll be searching for my best performance against them," he added.

With Onyekuru failing to qualify for a full UK work permit, Everton chose to loan Onyekuru out to continue his development in the Belgian league with Anderlecht potentially alongside the league's other top scorer last season, Łukasz Teodorczyk.

Although he views himself as a centre-forward and models himself on his hero Thierry Henry, Onyekuru has most often been used as a left-sided forward with Eupen. He earned his first Nigeria cap at the start of this month in a 3-0 win over Togo.

FactFile

Squad number -
Position Forward / Striker
Nationality Nigerian
Born Onitsha
Date of birth  
Height  
Joined 30 June 2017
Joined from KAS Eupen
Signed by Ronald Koeman
Transfer fee Undisc.[~£6.8M]
Contract duration 5 years
Contract expires January 2022
Full debut TBD
Previous Clubs KAS Eupen
» Wikipedia Entry - NA

Everton Career

Season Squad No. League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2017-18 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
  Totals 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0

Loan Spells

Season Team Appearances (sub) Goals
2017-18 Anderlecht    

Previous Career

Season Team Appearances (sub) Goals
2014-17 Eupen


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