By Danny Wright
Celtic assistant manager Chris Davies has revealed that the club had strong interest in Nigeria international Henry Onyekuru before he signed for Premier League side Everton earlier this summer.
The Toffees snapped up Onyekuru, 20, from Belgian Jupiler League surprise package KAS Eupen in a deal worth £7million and instantly loaned him back across the English Channel to Anderlecht.
The Scottish Sun has reported that Celtic failed in a bid to land the promising young attacker in January and he is now expected to play against them this season after Brendan Rodgers’ side was drawn alongside Anderlecht in Group B of the Champions League.
Davies, 32, is now under no illusions to what the Bhoys will be coming up against when they face Onyekuru’s new side for the first time in late September.
“I know about Onyekuru. I’ve seen him play quite a few times. He is a talent. He has pace and technical ability and got goals in the second half of last season,” said Davies, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“He is someone we had looked at, someone we had monitored over an extended period, but it was never that close.
“He was just a player we liked and were aware of more than anything.”
He added: “He has gone back on loan to Belgium and he is going to be a threat but we have equal and better threats that we can put on to a pitch.”
Onyekuru was widely reported to have attracted a lot of attention this summer after he blitzed the Belgian Jupiler League with Eupen last season, scoring a stunning 24 goals in 41 appearances across all competitions.
The attacker’s time at Anderlecht hasn’t perhaps started as he would have hoped, as the one-time Nigeria international has failed to find then net or even supply an assist in his opening four appearances.
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