By Abigail Withey
Everton have successfully won the battle against Premier League rivals Arsenal to sign KAS Eupen winger Henry Onyekuru, according to reports.
The Daily Mail has revealed that the 20-year-old winger took part in a medical at the Toffees’ training centre on Monday and has agreed personal terms with the Merseyside club.
The newspaper claim that Everton boss Ronald Koeman pipped Arsene Wenger to the post after he negotiated a deal with the striker.
It is said that the Nigerian will spend a season away on loan at Belgian club Anderlecht in order to develop his talent further before appearing at Goodison Park on a more permanent basis.
Anderlecht will be playing in the Champions League, which will give Onyekuru a taste for the intensity of top-flight football.
The 20-year-old had an impressive season at Eupen and became one of the leading goal scorers of the Belgian Super League division.
In total the young Nigerian scored 24 goals for the club during 41 appearances, which made him incredibly appealing to Koeman.
He displayed such an impressive performance that he was invited up to international duty, where he made his debut at the end of Nigeria’s campaign.
Koeman has had a busy transfer window so far, adding Onyekuru to his other recruits- goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and midfielder Davy Klaassen.
Football Insider verdict:
Henry Onyekuru is an incredible talent, especially at the young age of 20, and his skill will be put to use at Goodison Park. However, after only ever playing in smaller leagues his 24 goals and nine assists could reflect a case of the winger being a big fish in a small pond. Ronald Koeman’s decision to loan the 20-year-old out to Anderlecht and give him experience of Champions League football before he joins the Toffees, and is an incredibly wise measure to take as it ensures that he is fully equipped and prepared for life in bigger competitions.
In other Everton transfer news, the Toffees are reportedly seeking a breakthrough in talks this week to land their third summer signing.