*Player confirms Valencia interest
Super Eagles’ striker, Henry Onyekuru came off the bench to score his second goal in a preseason game for Galatasaray in a 1-0 defeat of Tunisia’s Club Africain 1-0 at the Rades Olympic Stadium, AOIFootball.com reports.
The attacker, who has been hugely impressive in his first two games, scoring once and assisting another, started on the bench with Bafetimbi Gomis giving the nod to lead the attack.
The Tunisians dominated the opening exchanges and should have gone ahead after just ten minutes when striker Jefti was presented with a glorious opportunity but goalkeeper Ismail reacted quickly to avert the danger.
Clearly not impressed with his side’s performance, Coach Fathi Terim introduced Onyekuru at halftime to try and add bite to his team’s attack.
The Nigerian came close to breaking the deadlock in the 63rd minute when he lifted highest to nod a well-taken cross from Mugdat which flew inches wide before Garry Rodrigues fired low four minutes later.
With the match almost heading for a draw, Onyekuru reacted quickest to slam home a rebound after Yunus shot was saved by the goalkeeper to hand Galatasaray the victory on the night.
With his two goals and one assist in just three games, the Nigerian is surely winning the battle for the number 9 starting shirt ahead of French player Bafatimi Gomis who is yet to get his rhythm ahead of the new season.
Meanwhile, Henry Onyekuru has confirmed an interest from Spanish LaLiga outfit, Valencia in securing his signature with the attacker not certain if the move can happen before the end of the current transfer window.
Reports during the week claimed that Valencia were offering the 21-year-old a five-year contract to start immediately before the beginning of the upcoming season after he impressed in a pre-season friendly against them.
“It’s true that Valencia is interested in me. I like the idea but I’m a Galatasaray player for now and I don’t think the deal can happen now,” Onyekuru confirmed to AOIFootball.com
Onyekuru just joined Galatasaray on a one-year deal just a couple of weeks ago. The only way this can go ahead is if there is a termination or recall clause in the player’s loan agreement, and the Blues will then have to pay the penalty reimbursement.
All that only comes into play if indeed Everton wants to sell the player who appears to have all the potential to turn into a lethal forward.