He may not have kicked a ball in England yet, or got every supporter behind him, but Henry Onyekuru is widely considered a fan favourite for the potential he possesses.
We may have to wait even longer to witness what the Nigerian winger has in store for us, though, as Takvim are reporting that Galatasaray are still in contact with the club over prolonging his time in Turkey.
It is noted that the new arrangement would only be for another year, but that would mean another season of waiting, although it would strengthen his chances of obtaining a UK work permit if one is not issued this year.
Negotiations seem to be advancing as well, as Galatasaray are already ramping up their transfer plans beyond Onyekuru, who has scored 11 goals and assisted a further three in 24 Super Lig games this term.
Takvim claim Galatasaray are targeting no fewer than six more additions to Onyekuru in the summer, and are already in contact with Stoke over prolonging Badou N’diaye’s loan.
In addition, the Aslanlar hope to complete deals for Bruma, Douglas, Gokhan Akkan, Hector Herrera, and Gokhan Tore, but will look to sign Kasimpasa’s Trezeguet if Onyekuru cannot be retained.
If Marco Silva aims to introduce Onyekuru to his plans once the winger becomes eligible to play in England, loaning the £9million-rated prospect to Galatasaray for another year would not be the end of the world.
But if the boss does not, it would be pointless sanctioning another temporary deal when numerous sides are reportedly scouting the 9-cap ace over a summer raid on Merseyside that could add a potential £35million to our accounts.