Galatasaray of Turkey striker, Henry Onyekuru will return to his club from international duty to learn that he could be facing a new threat for a regular spot in the squad at the end of the year.
Onyekuru is currently in Nigeria’s national team camp, ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Libya, but his club are planning to buy another attacker in his absence, footballlive.ng has scooped.
Incidentally, the man being touted as Onyekuru’s next rival for a shirt is a teammate of fellow-Super Eagles stars, Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Onyinyen Ndidi at Liecester City, Shinji Okazaki.
The Japanese striker, who was one of the attackers that kept Eagles’ stand-in captain, Ahmed Musa out of The Foxes’ squad for two seasons, is no longer a first choice at Leicester.
Okazaki was part of the club’s title winning team a few years ago, but he has been reduced to substitute appearances in the EPL this season.
A move would appeal to Okazaki, as it would present a chance for regular first team football, and he could be tempted to join Onyekuru’s team for £1.75m.
Gala boss, Fatih Terim wants Okazaki to play in the number 10 role just behind the striker with Onyekuru’s club in Turkey.
However, Onyekuru is not thinking about Galatasaray just yet, as he has his focus fixed squarely on Saturday’s game against Libya, which he says he expects the Super Eagles to win.
Onyekuru, who scored his first goal for the Eagles in a 2-1 win away to Liberia in an exhibition match last month, said: “We know what the coach wants from us which is to give our very best against Libya.
“it is exactly what we intend to do in both games. We will work very hard to win and make our nation proud.”