Henry Onyekuru explains why he chose Everton over PSG

Director of Football of Everton Marcel Brands attends the pre-season friendly match between Everton and Valencia at Goodison Park on August 4, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

Premier League outfit Everton paid £7million to sign Henry Onyekuru in 2017 but he could have joined Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain instead.

Henry Onyekuru of Galatasaray SK during the Turkish Spor Toto Super Lig football match between Galatasaray SK and Antalyaspor AS at the Türk Telekom Arena on March 11, 2019 in Istanbul,...

Henry Onyekuru has admitted that he called off a move to Paris Saint-Germain before choosing to join Everton for £7 million two years ago, while speaking to the BBC.

The Toffees were among a number of sides all across the continent keen to recruit the highly-rated Nigerian forward during the summer of 2017, after he shot to fame with 22 goals for Belgian outfit KAS Eupen.

In the end, Everton won the race, signing Onyekuru before loaning him out to Anderlecht and Galatasaray as the 21-year-old awaits a work permit that would allow him to finally make his Premier League debut.

 

But the seven-time Nigeria international has now opened up about how close he came to joining PSG instead, revealing that he turned down a move to the Ligue 1 champions because he was concerned about a lack of game-time.

"I did a medical for Paris St-Germain on a Friday and we had to wait until Monday so they could make both signings [me and another player] official," Onyekuru told BBC Sport.

"Then I spoke to my friends because I have some good friends, and I asked if it was a good idea to play in Paris and they gave me their opinions.

Henry Onyekuru of Galatasaray SK during the Turkish Spor Toto Super Lig football match between Galatasaray SK and Antalyaspor AS at the Türk Telekom Arena on March 11, 2019 in Istanbul,...

"I also spoke to my mother and she said she just wants me to play because I'm young and still need to improve, and from there the right club will come.

"So I decided to go with my mother's advice so I just cut the deal off - just like that. I told my agent to call PSG that we are not going ahead with it."

Onyekuru, who wears his first name on the back of his shirt in homage to Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, has scored 12 goals during an impressive loan spell at Galatasaray this season.

And it seems that PSG have not forgotten about him, with TEAMtalk claiming as recently as March that Thomas Tuchel’s side were preparing a £20 million move on a player they missed out on two years ago.

Marco Verratti of PSG and Henry Onyekuru of RSC Anderlecht argue during the UEFA Champions League group B match between RSC Anderlecht and Paris Saint-Germain at Constant Vanden Stock...

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