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Nigerian forward attracting plenty of European interest

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According to Turkish outlet Hurriyet, Borussia Dortmund have joined the list of suitors for Everton’s Henry Onyekuru.

The Nigerian winger joined the Blues in the 2017 transfer window as part of a big summer recruitment drive under former Director of Football Steve Walsh.

Onyekuru is yet to feature for Everton, though, with work permit issues preventing him from doing so. That has seen him spend last season on loan at Anderlecht before he headed to Galatasaray this season.

He’s impressed in Turkey, bagging 13 goals and registering two assists in his 42 appearances to date. He particularly shone in the Champions League, with several impressive performances for the Turkish side in that competition.

That’s attracted the attention of several clubs around Europe, who may be looking to take advantage of his unusual situation at Everton.

Borussia Dortmund are the latest to join the list, according to Hurriyet, with the German side scouting Onyekuru on Sunday. They’re likely to have been impressed as he bagged the first goal in a draw with Fenerbache. Previously Bayern Munich have scouted the forward too.

They weren’t the only ones there to run the rule over Onyekuru, with Marseille, AS Monaco and Sevilla all also reportedly at the game to scout the Nigerian during the game.

Whether Everton would be open to a sale remains to be seen. Recent reports have suggested that the club plan to integrate Onyekuru into their squad next season, confident he’s done enough during his loan spell to earn himself a work permit for the future.

If that is the case, and Onyekuru is in both Marcel Brands’ and Marco Silva’s plans moving forward, this latest interest is unlikely to make any difference to them. If anything, a higher proposed transfer fee will actually smooth the process of obtaining a work permit for the NIgerian international to feature for Everton next season.