Prolific teenager Henry Onyekuru has been linked with Borussia Monchengladbach and West Ham recently – but Celtic are still the favourites.
If Brendan Rodgers sthought it was difficult enough in January attempting to sign Henry Onyekuru, as reported by the Scottish Sun, the growing list of clubs supposedly interested in the teenage Nigerian hitman will not make their pursuit any easier.
The newspaper claimed in the winter transfer window that Belgian minnows Eupen had demanded Celtic quadruple their initial offer of £1 million for Onyekuru on the back of a prolific Jupiler League campaign.
In the three months since, however, it’s unlikely that Eupen will have changed their stance on their prized asset. Onyekuru has now scored 15 goals in Belgium this season and, although DH report that the club have agreed to let him progress his career elsewhere, his huge potential means he would not come cheap.
And now, according to HLN, German giants Borussia Monchengladbach are the latest name throwing their hat into the ring. However, while The Foals are one of Europe’s most historic clubs and have a history of developing young players, Celtic have one major advantage – Champions League football.
Furthermore, Onyekuru hinted in January that the prospect of playing in Europe may be a major factor in his decision.
“Celtic are interested in me and have tabled an official bid,” he said in quotes reported by the Scottish Sun. “I believe I have the talent to play in the Champions League.”
And this also appears to rule out West Ham. The Daily Mirror claimed recently that The Hammers were tracking the teenager’s progress as they aim to reinforce a strikeforce once again decimated by injuries to Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho (below) this season.
However, with West Ham mired in the bottom half, and Gladbach 13 points adrift of the Bundesliga top four, Celtic could be in the driving seat.
Manager Brendan Rodgers has ambitions to progress in Europe next season – and that will go down well with Onyekuru.