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Nigerian youngster accuses Belgian club of frustrating bid to join Celtic

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Osaze Odemwingie

• Odemwingie wants striker to decide future

One of Europe’s most sought after strikers, Henry Onyekuru, says his bid to join Scottish champions, Celtic, was being frustrated by his Belgian club, AS Eupen.

There were reports early this week that Celtics had tabled a bid for the striker, who is also interesting Liverpool and CSKA Moscow. Onyekuru alleged that Eupen have entered an agreement with another agent and want him to dump his agency, Macato Sports.

He told, “Eupen are acting funny on my transfer. They are frustrating me and my agent for their own interest.

“They promised to let me move in January if I have a good offer, now there are good offers but they now want me to sign for their own agent before I move and they want me to sign for CSKA Moscow, which I am not interested in.

“This is unfair and not acceptable.” Meanwhile, former Super Eagles’ star, Osaze Odemwingie has condemned the way Eupen are treating the 19-year-old Nigerian forward.

Onyekuru was spotted playing in Nigeria and was brought to the Aspire Academy in Senegal before linking up with Eupen who are owned by the Aspire Zone Foundation, in the summer of 2015.

He has been a revelation for Eupen since his arrival in Belgium helping them win promotion to the top flight in his first season and he has continued to flourish this season.

“I have spoken to Henry as he phoned me for advice and I said to him just think of yourself as Aspire did not think of the hundreds of kids it discarded and who now find themselves back in Nigeria,” Odemwingie told ESPN FC.

“The interest in Henry is great news for him, but I am disappointed about the other boys who went to the Aspire Academy and now find themselves on the streets of Lagos.”

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