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Arsenal open talks for striker Henry Onyekuru with KAS Eupen - sources

Henry Onyekuru, one of Nigeria's top goal-scorers in Europe, was left off the national squad for the May 26 friendly against Corsica.
Henry Onyekuru has impressed in the Belgian league this season.

Arsenal have opened talks with KAS Eupen for in-demand striker Henry Onyekuru, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC.

Onyekuru is being tracked by a number of clubs across Europe, including several Premier League clubs after catching the eye in Belgium for Eupen this season.

The 19-year-old has scored 24 goals this season and claimed nine assists, including six goals in his last four games to earmark him as one of the more exciting young talents in Europe.

The likes of Everton, Southampton West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace have all shown an interest in Onyekuru, but Arsenal are hoping to steal a march on their Premier League rivals for the skilful attacker by opening talks with KAS Eupen over a possible deal for the teenager.

Onyekuru has a £6.8 million release clause in his contract and Arsenal are considering meeting the clause to enable landing the African starlet.

Onyekuru's agents, Mercato Sports, confirmed to ESPN FC that a number of clubs have been chasing the forward and that they will hold talks with interested parties to see what is the best option for him.

"There have been a lot of clubs from all over Europe wanting to sign Henry and we will speak to them as we have to make sure we make the right decision for him and his career," a Mercato Sports representative said.

Peter O'Rourke is ESPN FC's transfer news correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @SportsPeteO.


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