By Harvey Byrne
There are fears that young left-winger Henry Onyekuru will be able to obtain a work permit in England, according to a reliable journalist.
The 19-year-old is currently playing in Belgium with top-flight side Eupen and he has caught the interest of a number of Premier League clubs with the Sky Sports website claiming West Ham, Everton and Southampton have all sent out scouts to watch him.
It had seemed like he was destined for a switch to the English top-flight with the Sky Sports report also detailing that the teenage attacker was “in talks with two Premier League clubs.”
However, HLN journalist and Belgian football expert has provided an update on the transfer sage on his personal Twitter account on Monday morning, stating there are worries the Hammers target may not be able to move to England.
— Kristof Terreur 📰🎥 (@HLNinEngeland) May 22, 2017
English football work permits are usually decided by the amount of times a player has played for their country over a set time period, but Onyekuru is still uncapped for national team Nigeria despite becoming a goal machine at club level this season with 24 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions alongside nine assists.
He is clearly a talented player in Belgium and it is expected English clubs will still make an attempt to bring a player of his age and potential in.
Football Insider verdict:
Onyekuru is one of the hottest players in Europe it would seem due to the amount of clubs reported to be interested in his signature. Now, English clubs have still been known to sign players who have not been able to gain work permits in the past, as they are able to loan them out until they are then able to work in the country. This could be an option that West Ham may look to explore and it is felt that the Hammers should make a move for the young talent who could be worth his weight in gold in the future if he carries on with those goals and assists totals.
In other West Ham transfer news, an agent has told that a Hammers deal for this £20million-valued striker could happen.