Liverpool plot swoop for 19-year-old ace available in summer, £6.8m will seal deal – report
By Danny Wright
Liverpool have sent scouts to watch teenage sensation Henry Onyekuru, according to a report.
The Daily Mail reports that the Reds face competition from Southampton and Bournemouth to sign the Nigerian striker who has been ripping up the Belgian Jupiler League this season with Eupen.
The 19-year-old went on strike in January as he tried to force a move to Celtic for £1million, however Eupen are now resigned to him leaving but are demanding £6.8million for his services – after a successful season and the heightened interest.
Southampton, Bournemouth, Borussia Monchengladbach and Brugge are also keen on the attacker.
In an interview with L’Avenir, the Nigerian wonderkid asserted that he will be leaving his club at the end of the campaign.
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“I’m going to leave this summer. I have the agreement of the Eupen club,” Onyekuru said to L’Avenir.
Onyekuru has scored 17 goals in all competitions for Eupen this season in 33 appearances, mainly from the wing, and three in his last two games.
He’s also proved he has an eye for a teammate by providing seven assists.
His goals have fired Eupen up to 13th in the Belgian top flight after he helped them earn promotion last year.
The ex-Aspire Senegal prospect scored six goals in a four-game period last season as his side finished second in the Proximus League.
Onyekuru can play on either wing but can also be deployed as a striker.
Football Insider Verdict
A lot of clubs are looking to sign Onyekuru and after his performances this season it is not hard to see why. Out of the clubs that have shown the most recent interest in the striker, you have to consider Liverpool as favourites to sign him. Arsenal and Chelsea were also monitoring him this season but it appears their interest has tailed off. ’This would be a great time for Jurgen Klopp to strike with Southampton and Bournemouth being the only other clubs in the Premier League that are taking a serious look at signing him. He’s still a young attacker that has a long time to go before he reaches his potential and that seems like a perfect fit for Klopp. The player was keen on a move to Celtic in January so he’d surely jump at the chance of playing for Liverpool in the Premier League.
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