By Richard Parks
Everton attacker Henry Onyekuru is set for talks with Borussia Mochengladbach today (Thursday) as he closes in on a season-long loan, according to a report.
Belgian newspaper HLN claim the Nigerian, 20, will meet with the Bundesliga club’s sporting director Max Eberl, whose club are keen to secure an agreement with the player as well as meet Everton’s loan conditions.
Onyekuru joined Everton for £6.8million (source: Sky Sports) last summer but was immediately loaned out to Anderlecht, who have an option to take the forward for a second campaign that he does not want to fulfil at this stage.
Football Insider verdict:
It appears that Onyekuru has made up his mind to spend next season at Gladbach, who finished ninth in this season’s Bundesliga. The forward is not yet able to secure a work permit to play in England, which means he has no choice but to go out on loan for second consecutive campaign. The winger appears keen not to return to Belgium and Anderlecht, where he made a big impact, scoring 10 goals in 28 appearances, before a knee injury cruelly cut short his season at the halfway point. A move to the Bundesliga makes sense for the player and Everton, who will be keen for him to develop in a strong division that will test him more than the Jupiler League. Onyekuru is a pacy and penetrative forward who can unhinge organised defences and create and score goals. The type of player Everton are crying out for, if truth be told. It will be another year before he wears the blue jersey, however.