Everton have offered Henry Onyekuru to Turkish Super Lig side Galatasaray after the Nigerian forward was turned down for a UK work permit, according to Fotospor.
Onyekuru had spent the recent campaign on loan at the Turk Telekom Arena, but failed to earn enough international caps at this summer’s Africa Cup of Nations to meet the threshold needed to obtain a permit to make his long-awaited Blues debut.
Toffees chiefs are now allegedly keen to cut all ties with the 22-year-old, and have offered his services to Fatih Terim’s outfit via a loan deal with an obligation to buy in 2020 as they are opposed to sanctioning a third temporary deal.
Negotiations are believed to be forthcoming between the two clubs to see if an agreement can be reached, with Everton executives reportedly slapping a £16.2million asking price on the 2017 arrival from KAS Eupen amid interest from Bayer Leverkusen.
The Bundesliga side’s suggested approach was on a temporary basis with the prevision that Everton continued to pay some of the forward’s £31,000-a-week wage, though. CSKA Moscow also approached the player’s representative to sound out a move this summer, but Onyekuru rejected the chance to follow Nikola Vlasic to Russia.
Marcel Brands is evidently now showing his ruthless touch in the transfer market again by looking to secure a permanent exit for Onyekuru having called time on Ademola Lookman’s Blues career, and may have identified Galatasaray as the side to use given their vivid interest in securing his return to the Super Lig.
Terim’s outfit have been linked with facilitating another loan deal throughout the summer, and with Champions League football on the horizon, may be able to find a way of putting together a financial package that would make Onyekuru their player next summer.
Onyekuru made 44 appearances across all competitions during the 2018/19 season – scoring 16 goals and creating a further – but is more than a rarely-seen man on Merseyside with an Everton appearance yet to be chalked next to his name.