Everton could look to bring Henry Onyekuru back from Anderlecht in January.
Henry Onyekuru (#9, front row)
According to Nigerian news outlet 90minutesgoal , Everton are hoping to special dispensation to bring winger Henry Onyekuru back to the club from his loan spell with Anderlecht.
Whilst big-money signing such as Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane and Gylfi Sigurdsson grabbed the headlines for Everton over the summer, they also made a move that didn't receive anywhere near as much press, landing Henry Onyekuru from Eupen.
The Nigerian forward, 20, hit 24 goals in 41 appearances for the Belgian side, impressing not only with his goals, but also with his blistering pace and ability to play out wide or up front.
Amid interest from a host of clubs, Everton won the race for his signature, but couldn't obtain a work permit for the young attacker, and were forced to loan him back to Belgium with Anderlecht.
So far, Onyekuru has hit five goals in just 12 appearances for Anderlecht, and his form, coupled with Everton's desperate lack of pace and goals in the final third, mean that Everton may look to bring Onyekuru back to Goodison Park in January.
Nigerian news outlet 90minutesgoal claim that Everton are hoping to take Onyekuru back to Merseyside when the transfer window re-opens, as they will ask again for a work permit to be granted, on grounds that Onyekuru is a 'special talent', so he could receive dispensation to play in the Premier League .
Other Nigerian players such as Mikel John Obi and Kelechi Iheanacho have received similar dispensation over the years, and Everton may well use his continued goalscoring form and the similar cases to try and help their cause.
It's no great surprise that Ronald Koeman wants to take Onyekuru back to Goodison Park as soon as possible; his side have scored just four times in seven Premier League games and have been pathetically one-paced, with Onyekuru potentially the answer – though it would be a huge pressure on the youngster's shoulders.