Everton unwilling to sell Onyekuru to Galatasaray

English Premier League club Everton have set their sights on securing a work permit for Henry Onyekuru amid Galatasaray’s push for a permanent transfer of the Nigeria international to Istanbul.

It follows reports that Everton have turned down Galatasaray’s buy-out option on the player, who scored the winner in the Yellow-reds’ win over Göztepe o Sunday.

However, the possibility of letting the striker who cost Everton €8m move to Fatih Terim’s side on a permanent deal has not been completely ruled out. Turkish outlet Sabah suggests that Everton could be tempted by a fee of around €25m (£22.5m), with Galatasaray still looking to negotiate an end-of-season buyout clause.

Onyekuru, 21, signed for the Toffees in 2017 — but failure to obtain a work permit has seen him loaned to Anderlecht and lately, Galatasaray.

While at RSC Anderlecht, Onyekuru impressed in the early stages of the season but struggled after coming in for criticism following his failure to score in the Champions League.

The player, whose loan will cost Galatasaray €2m, has already caught the eye of coach Terim.

On Sunday, Onyekuru scored a stunner, lobbing beyond the Göztepe goalkeeper to help Galatasaray maintain their perfect start to the season •

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