The last time we reported on 20 year-old Henry Onyekuru who plays for KAS Eupen of the Belgian First Division, Newcastle were said to be fighting it out with Arsenal for the impressive young forward.
The two other clubs in early June who were said to also be interested in the player were West Ham and Anderlecht.
There’s news today that West Ham are working hard to get a deal struck for the once capped Nigerian international and there’s a source close to the deal who has told the website AllNigeriaSoccer that the Hammers are ready to bid a second time for the forward.
This is what the source had said on AllNigeriaSoccer:
“West Ham are going to put in a second bid for Henry Onyekuru,”
“The first bid was rejected because Eupen believe he is worth more money, but West Ham are very keen on Henry.”
Onyekuru scored a good 24 goals and had 9 assists in 41 appearances for Belgian club KAS Eupen last season and he still has three years left on his current contract
In total he has made 60 appearances with 30 goals and 11 assists in his two seasons at KAS Eupen and that’s a decent return for the youngster.
Earlier this month a source close to Onyekuru revealed that Newcastle were in negotiations with KAS Eupen for the talented youngster and said this in ScoreNigeria:
“Newcastle United have joined in the race to sign Henry,”
“They contacted his agency Mercato on Wednesday (that’s last week) and offered to pay him £36K/week.”
“The talk is on-going between them and the agent.”
And we know that Arsenal have already made a bid for Onyekuru as he had said this earlier this month:
“It’s a good feeling for a club like Arsenal to make a bid for me.”
“This is due to my hard work in training and games. I am waiting and working towards it and we’ll see how it goes after the Nigerian qualifiers.”
The player has talked highly of the Gunners and his boyhood hero Thierry Henry.
But he also wants to play first team football and it seems he will get a much better chance of doing that at Newcastle than at Arsenal.
Onyekuru has already made is clear he could reject offers from some of the big clubs if there’s no chance of him playing in the first team there.
Newcastle and the Gunners were earlier reported willing to pay the KAS Eupen striker’s £6.8M release clause in his contract, so it’s unclear what amount West Ham are bidding for him.
Henry made his International debut for Nigeria in a 3-0 friendly win over Togo on June 1st.
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