• Everton have signed Henry Onyekuru from Belgian outfit KAS Eupen
  • Toffees beat Arsenal to signing after activating £6.8m release clause in contract 
  • The 20-year-old striker will spend the next season on loan at Anderlecht
  • Onyekuru scored 22 goals to end as the Belgian Super League’s joint top scorer


Everton have pulled off a significant transfer coup by landing Henry Onyekuru from Belgian outfit KAS Eupen.

The Nigeria striker finished last season as the joint leading scorer in the Belgian Super League with 22 goals in 38 games – 10 of those came in the final 10 games – and he has attracted the attention of a number of top clubs across Europe.

His form was so good that he won his first international caps at the end of the campaign for Nigeria.

Arsenal had been regarded as leading the chase for the 20-year-old but Everton have trumped them all by negotiating a deal with Eupen that will see Onyekuru spend a season on loan with Anderlecht before coming to the Premier League.

Everton feel another season spent with Anderlecht, who will be playing in the Champions League, will be significant for Onyekuru’s development and he will arrive at Goodison Park in 12 months a much more polished forward.

Onyekuru is understood to have undergone a medical at Everton’s Finch Farm training base on Monday and agreed personal terms to maintain Everton’s impressive start to their summer transfer business.

Having smashed their club transfer record to sign £30million goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and followed up with the addition of £25m Davy Klaassen from Ajax, Everton are not finished by any means.

Sandro Ramirez, the Spain Under-21 striker, has agreed personal terms and passed a medical and is waiting impatiently for his move to be completed from Malaga after Everton triggered his £5.2m release clause. Though Real Madrid have been linked with Sandro, no problems are envisaged.

Everton will then set about securing the signatures of Gylfi Sigurdsson, who is Ronald Koeman’s prime target, and Burnley defender Michael Keane. It is likely they will move for another striker, too, before the window closes in August.

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