Henry Onyekuru is endlessly being linked with a move away from Goodison Park, with regular reports suggesting multiple sides are eying our prosperous young winger ahead of the summer window.
Recent updates, from the player and from Turkey, however, offer a glimpse of hope that we will finally see the Nigerian forward tested in the Premier League next season, providing he finally lands his UK work permit.
At present, there is no guarantee that he will be permitted to ply his trade in England next term, but Onyekuru is forging a key role for himself in the Nigeria national side, and it should hopefully return the needed threshold soon.
The 21-year-old has also opened up on the reasons why he chose to join the Toffees from KAS Eupen back in 2017 in an interview with the BBC, where he recollected on how close he came to joining PSG.
“I did a medical for Paris St-Germain on a Friday, and we had to wait until Monday so they could make both signings [me and another player] official,” Onyekuru said.
“Then I spoke to my friends, because I have some good friends, and I asked if it was a good idea to play in Paris and they gave me their opinions.
“I also spoke to my mother, and she said she just wants me to play because I’m young and still need to improve, and from there the right club will come. So I decided to go with my mother’s advice, so I just cut the deal off – just like that. I told my agent to call PSG that we are not going ahead with it.
“The conversation with my mum helped my decision-making, so it was to a club with better plans for my development. We had Everton, before PSG, and we all knew getting a UK work permit was going to be difficult. But their relationship with Anderlecht helped a lot in finalising things.
“I was going to be an Everton player, then play on loan at Anderlecht, who were competing in the UEFA Champions League. I wanted to get the exposure and experience of playing in the Champions League hence the decision to join Everton via Anderlecht.
“I still don’t have my work permit, but that’s why I chose to go out on loan [to Galatasaray this season] to get the exposure to move me closer to realising that dream [of playing in the Premier League].”
While Onyekuru rejected PSG back in 2017, the Ligue 1 giants are still showing a keen interest in his potential, and are one of the numerous sides tipped to be preparing offers for when the season ends.
Their immense strength at the top of the field, though, should help our standing, as it would still be unlikely that Onyekuru would receive as much game time as he would like at Les Parc des Princes.
Whether he gets that on Merseyside remains to be seen, of course, with Bernard, Richarlison, Theo Walcott and Ademola Lookman all vying for the same minutes in Royal Blue.
FotoMac in Turkey, though, expect Marco Silva to have to juggle the potential £34million-man, as well, as Galatasaray President Faith Terim now understands Onyekuru is set to return to Everton when his loan spell at the Turk Telekom Arena expires.