Eupen silent over interests for Onyekuru
Belgian Pro League outfit, KAS Eupen, have opted to keep the future of Nigeria international, Henry Onyekuru to their chest despite increasing reports of his exit.
According to reports, there have been official bids put in for the services of the 20-year-old, but Eupen would rather prefer that things remain confidential about negotiations for their striker.
A spokesman of Eupen told supersport.com yesterday saying: “We never disclose any information about transfers as long as they are still in negotiations (no matter which club).
“We will make an official statement as soon as everything is officially done.”
No doubt, Eupen know that it is a matter of time before Onyekuru makes that exit.
A fortnight ago, Eupen had sensed that there would be a frenzy around the player and immediately gave “an exclusive mandate” to player broker and businessman, Mogi Bayat.
It was clear that the Belgian club knew that they would come up against some of Europe’s big spenders.
“The interest shown by clubs, agents, advisers, etc in a potential transfer of KAS Eupen player Henry Onyekuru has led us to give Mr. Mogi Bayat an exclusive mandate to negotiate with the various parties on behalf of KAS Eupen. Also, with a view to making such a transfer as trouble-free as possible for the player concerned so far as KAS Eupen receives an acceptable offer and the player agrees thereto,” a statement from the club in early June revealed.
Among the first real suitors for Onyekuru were Scottish champions, Celtic, but somehow the story around that move has simmered.
Arsenal also was named in the mix. The Gunners looked like favourites to land the Nigerian forward who can also play as a wide man.
Onyekuru was quite excited with reports linking him with one of the biggest sides in the English league and left his door in wait.
“It’s a good feeling for a club like Arsenal to come make an offer for me, this is due to my hard work in training and games. It’s a good feeling. “I am waiting and working towards it and we’ll see how it goes,” he said.
Reports have also suggested that Southampton, West Bromwich Albion, Birmingham City and West Ham United are interested in landing the forward. However in the past days, Birmingham and West Ham are reportedly leading the chase for the 20-year-old who also has his demands if a deal is eventually sealed for him.
The former Aspire Academy apprentice has made it clear that he does not want to play second fiddle when he finally leaves Eupen for probably a bigger club. That is something not too many of his suitors can guarantee.