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Clutch of clubs scouting Onyekuru

| Monday, 20 November 2017  43 Comments  [Jump to last]

The likes of Barcelona, Manchester United, Tottenham, Fiorentina, Ajax and PSV are supposedly tracking Henry Onyekuru's progress in Belgium.

The young Everton striker is on loan at Anderlecht and has been in good form, scoring seven goals in 14 games, which, according to Het Laatste Nieuws, has attracted plenty of attention.

They claim that scouts from a clutch of European clubs watch him score in Anderlecht's 2-1 win over Royal Excel Mouscron this weekend.

Meanwhile, are reporting that a source close to the 20-year-old is claiming that Tottenham have inquired about Onyekuru as a potential replacement for Harry Kane who is a rumoured target of Real Madrid.

"Yes Tottenham are watching proceedings and have made contact with him about a potential move. They see him as the next big thing and a good replacement for Harry Kane who they feel might join Madrid next summer," the source apparently said.

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Ray Roche
1 Posted 20/11/2017 at 14:26:30
Complete and utter bollocks. (Tottenham) "have made contact with Him (Henry Onyekuru". So, that would be tapping up then, if there was a scrap of truth in this pile of horse shit. The other day it was Newcastle who were "eyeing him up". Rubbish.
Brian Williams
2 Posted 20/11/2017 at 14:29:18
Who the fuck makes this shite up?
Frank Wade
3 Posted 20/11/2017 at 14:32:23
Agree Ray, Let's see, Tottenham afraid Harry Kane will move to Real Madrid. Let's look for a replacement. Yep, that young lad who has managed a whopping 7 goals in 14 games in the Belgian league, who has no experience of the Premier League. Nigerian press reporting interest from Man Utd and Barcelona. File under R.
Alex Naylor
4 Posted 20/11/2017 at 15:00:38
And Barcelona according to this site

Nick Page
5 Posted 20/11/2017 at 15:05:01
I'm sure that's called 'tapping up'.
James Ebden
6 Posted 20/11/2017 at 15:26:00
It's more than possible. There were rumoured to be lots of clubs chasing him when we managed to snap him up. Given our current form and lack of European prospects next season, why wouldn't clubs try and tempt him away before he has even played for us?

I'd be really pissed off if that happened as he is very highly rated. Tapping up may be against the rules, but let's not pretend it doesn't happen in almost every transfer. Well, except Everton, who like to speak to clubs first before stealing their managers! No wonder we are usually so far behind in the transfer market.

James Stewart
7 Posted 20/11/2017 at 15:36:43
Cracking player and electric. Love to see him arrive in January.
Gordon Crawford
8 Posted 20/11/2017 at 15:49:55
I don't know what to believe. But I have said a while back on ToffeeWeb, “that he might get snapped up before he ever plays for us.” It's just a hunch of course.

I hope he comes in January and helps fire us to better things.

Alan J Thompson
9 Posted 20/11/2017 at 15:59:00
It could be true as we wouldn't have time to find another striker unless Giroud is fed up with a spot on the bench. After all, the last striker was known to be leaving for a full season and we still ran out of time.
Paul Wilson
10 Posted 20/11/2017 at 16:08:33
He surely must have signed a minimum of a 3-year contract or even 5-years given his age,the Belgian league similar to the Dutch is very weak,I'm sure he'd need to prove himself in the Premier League first.

As for going to big huge massive Tottenham who flatter to deceive and haven't won the league in my lifetime (I'm only 55) I'd take that with a pinch of salt.

Don't forget Anderlecht got hammered at home by Celtic so it just proves how bad they are. Talking of Celtic, it may not be a bad idea for us to go after Moussa Dembele (he's strong and fast) and their left back Tierney who looks a good prospect

Brian Williams
11 Posted 20/11/2017 at 16:08:33
Correct me if I'm wrong here but the lad IS an Everton player isn't he? Bought for around £7m? So obviously contracted to Everton?... for FIVE years!

So he's not going to get "snapped up" "stolen away" or taken from our club by any means without our club agreeing to the sale.

John Graham
12 Posted 20/11/2017 at 16:11:08
If true it's another story that shows how poor this club is being run. We buy him and then leave him with his club while everyone is still scouting him. Surely he would have made a big difference to the current squad with his pace and energy.

I can just imagine him and Niasse running at defenders giving them nightmares.Hopefully if we get a new manager in he will do his best to persuade the board to bring him in early so we will at least get to see him for a few games in a blue shirt.

Gordon Crawford
13 Posted 20/11/2017 at 16:28:21
It's Everton, though, Brian. For all we know, his Everton contract could say that, if a big club come in for him, then we will agree to let him leave for a fiver.
John G Davies
14 Posted 20/11/2017 at 16:29:18
Well said, Brian.

A feather in Walsh's cap also.

Tony Everan
15 Posted 20/11/2017 at 16:42:06
We haven't even seen him kick a ball yet!

Maybe they want him now on the cheap, in 3 years time if he continues his progression, he maybe world class.

He may not want to go anywhere if we are in our new stadium and investing for Champions League qualification.

He won't be going anywhere for a while or there will be a lot of angry Evertonians.

Brian Williams
16 Posted 20/11/2017 at 17:16:55
Gordon. Bill won't let him go for any less than a tenner!!!
Julian Wait
17 Posted 20/11/2017 at 18:54:56
Where has the Onyekuru money gone to?
Rick Pattinson
18 Posted 20/11/2017 at 19:33:19
We will probably sell him then if he's a promising youngster with bags of talent.
Colin Glassar
19 Posted 20/11/2017 at 20:21:49
I think Cool Hand Bill will hold out for £15m before accepting £12M and patting himself on the back for it. What a negotiator!
Karl Meighan
20 Posted 20/11/2017 at 20:31:00
All these big Clubs interested and were struggling to score? Is this one of them hasn't played enough international games so no permit jokes, ffs get him over and in if possible.
John Pickles
21 Posted 20/11/2017 at 20:31:36
If we had said that so-and-so were after him AND Everton had already arranged a suitable replacement, then you would know it was made-up rubbish.
Mark Morrissey
22 Posted 20/11/2017 at 20:39:43
We have sold top players before, some of them strikers, so why not this prospect?

We sold Rooney when we had no money, a young Evertonian at that. We sold John Stones when we didn't need to, apparently and we've just offloaded one of the top strikers in World Football, a player who is the first choice striker at one of the top six rated National Teams on this planet.

So why be surprised if we sold Onyekuru? He's not even graced the Goodison turf so why not cash in now and avoid the pain I've gone through, sorry, what we've all been through. We haven't even given the lad a chance with us. What was the point in scouting him? To make some cash when we sell him on? To buy what, another prospect?

We will continue to be a feeder club for years at this rate. Get him to Goodison and keep him for God's sake. If he's great, keep him and let's move forward. Is it that hard to fathom??? You keep your best players and ship out your worst.

Steve Ferns
23 Posted 20/11/2017 at 20:40:42
We can't sign the lad in January, guys. You can forget that.

If you want the boring reason: not enough caps, having only recently made his debut. He needs to have played 75% of the nations games in the last two years. So he's miles off.

What about the special talent argument? It doesn't apply to him. Nigeria are not high enough in the FIFA rakings. A special talent at a country ranked as low as them should be in the first team. It applies to countries like Brazil, who can feasibly have a special talent not good enough to get in their main squad.

As for someone else signing him, you can forget that, he cannot have 3 clubs in 12 months, so he's at Anderlecht until the summer, no matter what.

Steve Ferns
24 Posted 20/11/2017 at 21:29:09
Sorry, I have got that slightly wrong. He can have three clubs in a season, but he can only play for two of them. So he can play for another club.
David Israel
25 Posted 20/11/2017 at 23:42:16
This sounds pretty daft. He's on a long-term contract with us. But, looking at the rules for non-EEA nationals, we'll have to wait a long time until he can play for us.
Todd Watkins
26 Posted 20/11/2017 at 23:49:27
Why aren't we using him after January? If he is world class, let's get him on the pitch.
John Pierce
27 Posted 21/11/2017 at 00:47:31
That's how Watford got Richarlison, special talent.
Steve Ferns
28 Posted 21/11/2017 at 00:50:07
David, we can apply if he suddenly starts playing every game for Nigeria. Nigeria could also climb the rankings and become a designated country for Special Talents.

Or we can just sell him and make a big profit.

Ernie Baywood
29 Posted 21/11/2017 at 01:20:11
Seemingly we've finally got a player to get excited about.

Unfortunately he can't play for us and other clubs want to sign him.

It's that about as good as it gets nowadays?

Benny Snow
30 Posted 21/11/2017 at 02:24:03
No doubt we will sell him on the cheap and buy another #10.
Alan J Thompson
31 Posted 21/11/2017 at 04:22:51
A young kid playing in European Champions League for one of the top Belgian sides, that's Belgium one of the top rated national sides and we can't put up a case for special talent. Sounds like next season's plan, about the time we need for signing any striker.
Mark Murphy
32 Posted 21/11/2017 at 10:28:21
If he can't play for us until he's qualified for a work permit, he can't play for them others neither!

Load of bollocks.

David Israel
33 Posted 21/11/2017 at 13:25:03
Mark, that would only apply to Manchester United and Tottenham. No such rule exists in Spain or Italy.
Paul Goodchild
34 Posted 21/11/2017 at 13:40:34
Ernie at 29. Sums it up. Have we ever known a time recently where it has felt so frustrating and demoralising to be an Evertonian. Surely it has to get better soon?
David Israel
35 Posted 21/11/2017 at 13:45:30
Yes, Steve #28, but it would take a while, at least for Nigeria to climb up the rankings.
Robin Cannon
36 Posted 21/11/2017 at 15:55:18
He can get a "special talent" work permit regardless of the nation he plays for. There's various different factors involved in granting that exception.

That he doesn't play regularly for Nigeria might count against him in that assessment, but that he plays for a relatively high profile club, has been top scorer in a European league and... actually... that lots of teams want to buy him, would also be factors in favor.

Roberto Birquet
37 Posted 21/11/2017 at 17:21:25
Sounds good. He must be the real deal. I'd say get a centre back and left back in January, rather than focus on a striker. Sell a midfielder or two, if Barkley still wants out, and/or one other. Overall, not much money on fees unless we spend big and get Silva.

Our focus needs to be to get some clean sheets after getting new signings - do not see that with our present back 4 - hope Coleman and Bolasie come back firing, and win more than half our home games. I'd take 17th right now.

We can the start again next year with Onyekuru. But focus on the here and now, and stay up.

Phil Walling
38 Posted 21/11/2017 at 19:59:06
No doubt he will follow Mustafi and Dier into super stardom with one of the Super Seven to whom the bizarre registration rules won't be applied!
Bobby Mallon
39 Posted 22/11/2017 at 14:39:51
I have watched him in his Champions League games and he's no great shakes, I promise.
Steve Ferns
40 Posted 25/11/2017 at 00:12:35
In amongst the usual crap in the sun is a translation of something Onyekuru said to the Belgian press:

“The forward sparked rumours that he could be set for a comeback after posting a picture on his Instagram account tagging himself in Liverpool city centre last month.

When asked about the picture, he told Belgian newspaper La Libre: "Yes, that's right and I'm waiting for something. That's all I can say.

"I hope to be able to play there in January.”

So, application made for a work permit? Awaiting decision. Player wanting to come here and add pace to the LW preferably on the left of a front three.

Brian Williams
41 Posted 25/11/2017 at 00:18:12
From what I read he won't qualify for the "special talent" tag. There's a points system involved with a player requiring 4 points. Onyekuru only scores 3 points maximum using the system and it's quite cut and dried.

Steve Ferns
42 Posted 25/11/2017 at 00:28:14
That’s what I was saying a bit ago Brian. I just thought it was interesting what was said by our Henry to the Belgian press.
Brian Williams
43 Posted 25/11/2017 at 00:47:37
Yeh I read that Steve. It could be either a case of him knowing something we don't, or a case of him knowing sweet FA about the FA. :-)

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