Report: Celtic battle to sign in-demand striker hots up after weekend development
By Harry Sykes
Celtic face growing competition to sign Belgium-based sensation Henry Onyekuru, according to a report.
The Mail claim the race to land the prolific teenage forward hotted up at the weekend as Premier League trio Liverpool, Southampton and Bournemouth sent scouts to watch him in action for his club Eupen on Saturday.
It is said Celtic, who reportedly tabled a formal bid for Onyekuru in January, and West Brom remain in the mix to sign the coveted 19-year-old in the summer.
The Nigerian has made a huge impact he has made in the Belgian Jupiler League this season with Eupen and continued his hot form in front of the admiring English clubs with his 19th goal of the season in their 3-3 draw at Kortrijk in the Belgian league’s Europa League play-offs.
It was the fifth goal in four play-offs matches for Onyekuru, who has now scored 17 league goals from 32 matches as well as provided seven assists.
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It has put him in firm contention to win the Belgium player of the year award, which would be a huge achievement given his youth.
In an interview with L’Avenir, the Nigerian wonderkid, who plays predominantly as a left-winger but can also spearhead the attack, recently asserted that he will be leaving his club at the end of the campaign.
“I’m going to leave this summer. I have the agreement of the Eupen club,” Onyekuru said to L’Avenir.
In other Celtic transfer news, the deal is all but done for a proven Premier League performer to sign for the Scottish giants.