By Harvey Byrne
Everton chiefs jetted out on a scouting mission to watch young attacker Henry Onyekuru this week, according to a report.
ESPN have claimed on their website that the Toffees, West Brom, Crystal Palace and Middlebsrough all sent scouts to watch the KAS Eupen 19-year-old.
The clubs staff were given plenty to watch over too with the teenage attacker finding the back of the net for the 22nd time in all competitions this season in his side’s 2-0 victory over Mouscron in the Jupiler Pro League play-offs.
It is detailed that the youngster is receiving a lot of attention from clubs in England’s top league and that Scottish giants Celtic also saw bid for the player rejected during the January transfer window and have since continued to keep tabs on the player.
However, Onyekuru is understood to be keen on a move to the Premier League and clubs have been alerted to his £6.8million release clause.
Now, Everton may possibly be looking for another youngster to add to their progressive squad and left-winger Onyekuru may have attracted Ronald Koeman with this season’s stats, which has seen him return 22 goals and nine assists in 40 appearances in all competitions.
Football Insider verdict:
Onyekuru is clearly an exciting young player in Europe and he is certainly the sort of player Everton fans will be keen to see the club linked with. The player has a very exciting goal and assist return in Belgium and he will only get better. However, he is not yet the finished article and he will also be needed time to grow at the club. This possible transfer is one of those that could turn out to be a smart piece of business for the Toffees, or a waste of money and it is now up to Koeman to decide whether he’s seen enough in the player to warrant bringing him across to England.
In other Everton transfer news, a club assistant has revealed what this Toffees target has said about his future.