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Everton land hammer blow, as they agree deal for West Ham target Onyekuru

Henry Onyekuru reportedly put pen-to-paper with Everton last night

According to Dominic King, a senior football writer for the Daily Mail, West Ham United target Henry Onyekuru last night signed for Everton FC, in a move that would see him return to Belgium on a season-long loan to reigning champions, Anderlecht.

The 20-year-old KAS Eupen striker finished last season as the joint leading scorer in the Belgian Super League with 22 goals in 38 games.

The deal was completed late last night with a medical being completed earlier in the day at Finch Farm, Everton's training ground.

The nature of this deal is bound to create more tension and anger amongst the West Ham faithful, due to the low value of Onyekuru's release fee, as reports last week suggested that West Ham were unwilling to meet the Nigerians buyout clause which stood at only £6.8 million.

A whole host of top clubs were interested in this young talent, with Arsenal seemingly the front runners to his signature last month. Although that was put on the back-burner for some time, as a move to West Ham almost felt assured at one point due to the lack of game time he'd find elsewhere.

In what's being dubbed 'a significant coup’ by some, Everton may have found their long-term solution to star striker Romelu Lukaku, with his departure seemingly inevitable this summer.

With Onyekuru leaving immediately on-loan to sign with reigning champions Anderlecht for the year, it gives the youngster a chance to become a more polished forward before returning to England next season.

If the hype truly is real surrounding this 20-year-old's future stardom, it really doesn't surprise me West Ham and their incompetent owners have somehow missed out once again.