Everton Starlet Held Talks With Turkish Giants, Champions League Football Could Prove Sticking Point

Everton starlet Henry Onyekuru has been targeted by Besiktas.

A source close to Turkish-Football revealed that the Black Eagles have made an enquiry and held talks via agents.

Onyekuru will not be able to play at Everton next season as he does not have a work permit.

The Nigerian international was expected to return to Anderlecht on loan but that looks unlikely about a public spat.

Onyekuru is open to a move to Besiktas however, he wants Champions League football next season.

The Istanbul giants finished the campaign in fourth-place and will compete in the Europa League.

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Besiktas are keen on finding a replacement for Cenk Tosun who joined Everton in January.

The Istanbul giants have built close ties to Everton and hope it will help them secure a loan move with a buyout clause option.

Everton signed the 20-year-old from KAS Eupen last summer, but sent him out on loan to Anderlecht to gain experience as he couldn’t secure a work permit to play in England.

Anderlecht have been accused of trying to sabotage Onyekuru’s career.

Despite making a recovery from a serious knee injury in April, the rising star did not feature against for the Belgium giants.

The Belgium giants are reported to have not given the Nigeria international playing time so he would be overlooked for the World Cup squad which would have increased his chances of a work-permit to play in England.

Onyekuru has blasted Anderlecht and says he will not return to the Jupiler League outfit, telling Het Laatste Nieuws: “Anderlecht knew I needed the World Cup to get a work permit to play in England, and by not making me play, the chances of going to Russia were nil, and so I could not join the Premier League, that may be how Anderlecht hopes to keep me for another year, a ridiculous reasoning: I can go anywhere.”