HENRY ONYEKURU has fuelled speculation he could return to Everton in January after starring on loan at Anderlecht.
The 20-year-old was shipped off to the Belgian giants in the summer after the Toffees forked out £7million to bring him to Goodison Park from KAS Eupen.
Everton have struggled for goals in the Premier League this season after failing to replace Romelu Lukaku who was sold to Manchester United for £75m.
In nine top-flight matches, the Merseyside club have netted just seven times, with Wayne Rooney netting on four occasions, and Oumar Niasse finding the back of the net three times.
They could recall the Nigerian international in the winter transfer window, after he has banged in seven goals in 16 matches in all competitions for the Purple and White.
Onyekuru didn’t qualify for a work permit after being brought in, but Everton could appeal to the FA’s ‘exceptions panel’ to finally see him don the famous blue jersey.
And speaking to Belgian news outlet Het Nieuwsblad, the forward confirmed he doesn’t know where he will be playing in the New Year.
He said: “I follow the path that is being drawn up for me. Wherever I go after New Year, I do not know either.
“Whether Everton has a contractual option to get me in the winter?
“Everything is possible. I’m their property, they decide.
LATEST EVERTON NEWS
ANT TO DECK THEM
Premier League betting preview by Danny Higginbotham
Premier League live
Leicester vs Everton latest score and updates
Fancy a punt?
Leicester vs Everton: Betting tips and odds
Leicester vs Everton: TV channel, live stream, team news and kick-off time
Idrissa Gueye set to sign lucrative new five-year Everton deal worth £75k-a-week
CLARET NOT BLUE
Burnley boss Sean Dyche shrugs off ‘flattering’ link with Everton job
“I have never said that I’m sure I’ll leave Anderlecht.
The most important thing is here and now. I’m happy and everything is going well.
“What’s happening in winter, we’ll see.”
Everton’s disastrous form saw Ronald Koeman get the sack, as they sit in 18th place ahead of Sunday’s clash with Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.
MOST READ IN FOOTBALL
AL SEE YOU SOON
Cristiano Ronaldo announces the name of his fourth child… due in 25 days
URINE TROUBLE AGAIN
Pee-chucking Spurs fan had already carried out pitch invasion in 2008
Mourinho ‘calls Real Madrid to tell them he does not want Gareth Bale’
show some heart
Hearts vs Rangers: TV channel, live stream, team news and kick-off time
cir up Ant
Chelsea want Ciro Immobile to create ‘perfect partnership’ with Alvaro Morata
‘I need to have fun’
Ozil hints he’s unhappy under Wenger.. but will ‘give all’ for Gunners