ONYEKURU DENIED WORK PERMIT

Super Eagles forward Henry Onyekuru has been denied a work permit by the British Home Office for the third summer in a row according to a report in the Liverpool Echo.

The 22-year-old moved to Premier League side Everton from KAS Eupen in 2017 for a fee worth about €8m, but has spent the following two seasons on loan at Anderlecht and Galatasaray due to work permit issues.

According to the report, Onyekuru was denied a work permit in Britain because he did not feature in at least 75 per cent of the Super Eagles’ matches over the previous two years. With the latest development, his future at the Goodison Park is in major doubt and he could spend yet another season outside England.

Although Onyekuru made Nigeria’s squad to the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, his sole appearance in the semi-final defeat to Algeria leaves Everton short in their bid to secure a work permit for the Onitsha-born attacker. A permanent or loan move away from Merseyside is likely yet again for Onyekuru.

Onyekuru had a strong season with Turkish Super League side Galatasaray, contributing 16 goals and 6 assists as the club claimed a League and Cup double. He has played 11 times for the Super Eagles and has one international goal to his name.

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