valencia were interested but i’m staying with galatasaray – henry onyekuru

13:29    01 Aug 2018

Henry Onyekuru
Nigerian forward Henry Onyekuru has shot down rumours that he could move to Spanish side Valencia despite already being on loan at Turkish Super Lig champions Galatasaray for the 2018/19 season.

The 21-year-old attacker is currently on the books of English side Everton, having joined the Toffees last year.

He spent the 2017/18 campaign on loan at Belgian top flight side Anderlecht as he couldn't get a work permit to play in the Premier League.

That is still the case this European summer, as a serious injury affected Onyekuru’s season and meant he missed out on Nigeria's World Cup squad. Appearing for the Super Eagles in Russia would have boosted his chances of meeting the work permits requirements.

Earlier this month it was confirmed that the forward would spend the season with Galatasaray, with hopes that the loan would boost his work permit status.

However, this has not prevented the rise of a rumour that Valencia are interested in paying Everton to terminate the loan deal with the Turkish side and sign the Nigerian outright.

Speaking to Turkish media recently, Onyekuru confirmed the interest, but also suggested he would be staying at Galatasaray.

"It is true that Valencia is interested in me,” Onyekuru told Fotomac .

"I liked this fact, but now I am a player of Galatasaray and I do not think this deal can take place."

The Nigerian has hit the ground running in pre-season for his loan club, scoring two goals in three games in preparation for the 2018/19 campaign.

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