Teenage sensation opens door to Celtic summer move, £4m will seal deal – report
By Danny Wright
Henry Onyekuru has refused to rule out a move to Celtic this summer after confirming he will be looking to leave Eupen.
In an interview with Belgian newspaper L’Avenir, the teenage sensation added that his work with Eupen is finished and he has an agreement to leave the club at the end of the season.
“I’m going to leave this summer. I have the agreement of the Eupen club,” Onyekuru said to L’Avenir.
“I have no problem with the club. I have done everything to help keep the club in D1 and the goal is achieved.”
Asked whether he will be joining Celtic, Onyekuru added: “Hmmmm. I cannot answer yet. I still have to talk to my officials and we will make a decision this summer.”
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The Scottish Sun reported in January that the Hoops had a bid of £1m-plus rejected by the Belgian club for the 19-year-old.
Eupen wanted £4million for the winger that Brendan Rodgers is said to be keen on, and Onyekuru was said to want a move to Scotland.
The Nigerian winger has been in lethal form for Eupen this season in the Belgian top flight.
He has amassed a total of 14 goals in 29 appearances across all competitions and is quickly being regarded as one of the hottest talents in the country.
His goals have fired Eupen to 11th in the Jupiler League in their first season since promotion to the top tier last season.
Onyekuru arrived in Belgium at the beginning of last season when he signed from the Aspire Academy in Senegal.
Football Insider Verdict
Onyekuru has dropped a big hint about Celtic although it’s unclear whether he wants a move there or if there’s anything more in it. Certainly, if he had no interest in moving to Celtic then he would have ruled it out there and then. After Celtic’s reported interest in January it would make a lot of sense. The Nigerian teenager has a lot of talent and is in a league that has a knack for getting the best out of young players. His goals this season have helped his club avoid relegation and a move to a club like Celtic may be in his best interests. Patrick Roberts’ loan deal at Celtic Park ends at the end of the season so Onyekuru would be an ideal replacement. He might still cost a lot as he’s contracted to Eupen until 2020.
In other Celtic news, there are two changes in the expected line-up to take on Inverness on Wednesday.