Report: Southampton battle Celtic to sign player of the year favourite, £7m will seal the deal
By Harry Sykes
Southampton are ready to battle with Celtic for the signing of Belgian-based sensation Henry Onyekuru, according to a report.
The Daily Record claim the Premier League club have joined the Scottish Premiership champions in the battle to land the versatile forward.
It is said that Celtic made a bid to sign Onyekuru, 19, in January and he was keen on a move to Glasgow but could not force it through.
The Daily Record report there is growing interest in the Nigerian as a result of the huge impact he has made in the Belgian Jupiler League this season with Eupen.
Onyekuru is tipped to win the country’s player of the year award after scoring 12 goals and supplying seven assists in 28 league matches.
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In total, the teenager has scored 18 goals from 34 appearances in all competitions and Eupen now value him at £7million.
Liverpool, Bournemouth, West Brom, Borussia Monchengladbach and Brugge have also been linked with signing the attacker, who can play on both flanks and as the main striker.
In an interview with L’Avenir, the Nigerian wonderkid 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.
His goals have fired Eupen up to 13th in the Belgian top flight after he helped them earn promotion last year.
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