Ahead of his impending arrival at Galasaray of Turkey, Henry Onyekuru has received fervid words of hope from the Istanbul-based club’s coach, FatihTerim for the player’s success in the team.
Onyekuru is billed to leave RSC Anderlecht of Belgium this week, following an agreement reached between his parent club, Everton, and Gala, whose coach is already talking excitedly about the impact he expects from the player in the Turkish Super Lig.
This comes amidst reports that Galatasaray have won the race to land Onyekuru on loan from Everton, after the clubs and the player’s agent agreed on a fee for him in the region of €1.5m.
As was the case when Everton cleared Onyekuru from a season wrecking injury early this year, only for Anderlecht to insist the lad had been ruled out of the World Cup, both sides might be heading for another collision.
Onyekuru joined Everton in the summer of 2017 after an impressive season at KAS Eupen of Belgium, but he was loaned out to Anderlecht.
The 21-year-old spent last season on loan at Anderlecht but his campaign was cut short by a long-term knee injury in December, but he is now fully recovered.
Onyekuru eventually overcame a slow start to hit very good form, scoring nine goals in 19 league appearances and 10 goals across 28 games in all competitions.
He, however, got injured in December and, though the winger-cum-attacker returned earlier than diagnosed, after specialised treatment at Everton, he lost his place in the Anderlecht line-up upon recovery late in the season.
Arsenal and West Ham United both held talks with the player’s advisors after he scored 20 goals for Eupen in the 2016/17 campaign.
Everton completed a deal after they activated his £6.8m release clause, but Onyekuru has yet to make an appearance for The Toffees, who appear ready to loan him to Gala next.
The 21-year-old former KAS Eupen of Belgium striker had initially offered to Gala’s rivals, Besiktas and Fenerbahce, but Terim is happy that his team were first to make an official bid.
Terim has already spoken openly about his plans for Onyekuru, who scored nine goals in 19 appearances for Anderlecht last season before sustaining a knee injury in December.
The coach said at the pre-season camp in Switzerland, where Onyekuru is expected to be unveiled, that he has been monitoring the lad for a long while, adding that the fleet-footed winger-cum-attacker is worth all the money and can be successful in Turkey.
Terim declared: “We have been keeping tabs on Onyekuru since January. I hope our new transfer is a success. Everyone will see that the transfer makes financial sense when the details are revealed.”