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5th Feb, 2017 | 11:35am

Major Celtic transfer boost: Striker makes emphatic decision after reported bid

By Will Butcher

Celtic have been boosted in their pursuit of striker Henry Onyekuru after the player revealed he would be leaving Eupen in the summer.

The Scottish Sun claimed last month that Brendan Rodgers’ side had a bid of £1million-plus rejected for the 19-year-old, who is also attracting interest from RB Leipzig and Fenerbahce.

Now, the Daily Record quoted the Nigerian forward as saying that he will leave current club Eupen in the summer after holding talks with his club’s hierarchy.

“An agreement was reached with Eupen that I will be allowed to move in the summer to my club of choice,” Onyekuru said. “For now, I remain with Eupen until the end of the season.”

The Hoops had a bid rejected after making an offer that was believed to be far away from Eupen’s valuation of Onyekuru, which is believed to be around £4million.

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The teenager has continued to light up the top tier of Belgian football despite his tender age, after scoring 12 goals and providing six assists during his 26 league and cup outings this term.

As his stock continues to rise, Rodgers is likely to re-enter the summer market for Eupen’s number 21 with Onyekuru confirming that he will now leave in six months.

Football Insider verdict:

With Patrick Roberts set to return to Manchester City at the end of his loan spell, Celtic need to bring in a new winger to provide cover for Scott Sinclair and James Forrest. Possessing plenty of pace, skill and an eye for goal and proven in the top tier of Belgian football, Onyekuru would be a top signing should Rodgers looks to bring him to Parkhead in the summer. He fits perfectly in Rodgers’ desire to bring youth to Celtic Park, after the signings of Moussa Dembele, Kristoffer Ajer and Kouassi Eboue. However, the former Liverpool boss must move quickly for the attacker, as there is likely to be plenty of interest in his services in the summer.

In other Celtic transfer news, Antonio Conte has said this about Craig Gordon and Moussa Dembele after reported Chelsea interest.

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