Eupen striker Henry Onyekuru has officially confirmed that Arsenal have made a transfer offer to sign him, speaking to Nigerian Football Federation.
The Nigerian striker has been in sensational form for Belgian club KAS Eupen scoring 24-goals(as per Transfermarkt) and has emerged a surprise target for Arsene Wenger.
Reports from Sky Sports earlier in the week claimed that the Gunners have already agreed a £6.8m fee with the Belgian club. It further claims that Personal terms are yet to be sorted out, but the player is an avid follower of the North London club so contract discussions are not expected to take long.
Speaking to Nigerian Football Federation, Onyekuru has confirmed that the Gunners have already made a transfer offer for his services and is keen to follow in the footsteps of his idol Henry.
“It’s a good feeling for a club like Arsenal [to] come to make an offer for me — this is due to my hard work in training and games. It’s a good feeling. I am waiting and working towards it and we’ll see how it goes after the [Nigeria] qualifiers.”
“Thierry Henry has always been my idol since I was a kid. I love watching him play, watching Arsenal and going to YouTube to watch most of his games.
“I remember saying if I had to move to the Premier League I want to be like Thierry Henry, so it’s like a dream come true and I’m looking towards it at the moment.”
Onyekuru has netted 24 goals and provided nine assists in 2016-17, a fine return for any forward and particularly impressive for such a young player.
The Nigerian would hardly be the high-profile striker signing that Arsenal fans may have been hoping for—they have been linked with the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Monaco’s Mbappe.
However, the youngster is clearly talented and would be a relatively cheap purchase for the Gunners. Wenger has a fine history of developing young players into rounded talents and the hope will be Onyekuru will improve at the Emirates Stadium.
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