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Everton foiled in bid for work permit once again

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Blues fail to secure papers for Henry Onyekuru for third straight year

2019 Africa Cup of Nations - Algeria vs Nigeria Photo by Oliver Weiken/picture alliance via Getty Images

There was always a suspicion among Everton fans that Henry Onyekuru would never really pull on the royal blue shirt, and with every passing transfer window that seems to be coming true.

While the youngster was called up to the Nigeria squad for this summer’s Africa Cup of Nations, it appears he manage to displease manager Gernot Rohr who then proceeded to keep him on the sidelines for most of the tournament, with the 22-year-old featuring in just one game.

The Super Eagles went on to finish third in the competition and the forward returned home to get married this past weekend but now Nigerian media outlet Pulse are reporting that the player has indeed failed to secure a work permit for the coming season and will likely be loaned out again.

Onyekuru had a pretty good season at Galatasaray and the Turkish champions are looking to bring him back again, likely even permanently. Fotomac are also confirming that the work permit has not been granted and that Everton will be happy to sell the player if a good offer comes along.

Signed for a paltry £7 million in the whirlwind summer of 2017, Onyekuru spent that season on loan at Anderlecht before going to Galatasaray last season. He has yet to play for the Toffees, but has picked up 26 goals and 6 assists in 72 club appearances over the last couple of years, apart from becoming a full international with Nigeria with 11 senior caps and one goal.