Liverpool lose ground in race to sign African starlet

Borussia Monchengladbach and Club Brugge have moved ahead of Celtic and Liverpool in the race for Henry Onyekuru.

The 19-year-old has struck 12 times for Eupen in Belgium this season, despite the side languishing near the bottom of the league.

The forward’s form caught the eye of Celtic and Liverpool back in January, but he failed to secure a move even though he threatened to go on strike.

It had been reported that Celtic and Liverpool would come back for Onyekuru this summer but, according to Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws, Borussia Monchengladbach and Club Brugge are the favourites to sign him.

The Nigerian has already spoken about his intentions to leave Eupen at the end of the season after holding talks with the club.

Onyekuru told Belgian newspaper L’Avenir (h/t the Daily Record): “Hmm, I cannot yet answer now. I still have to talk to my representatives and we will make a decision this summer. Sure, I’m going to leave this summer. I have an agreement with the Eupen club.”

For now, Onyekuru looks set to join either Borussia Monchengladbach and Club Brugge but there has even been talk of interest from CSKA Moscow.