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Eupen star Henry Onyekuru says he won’t accept a role as a bit-part player amid speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League.

The Nigerian striker enjoyed a fine season, scoring 20 goals in 36 games to end the campaign as the joint-top scorer in the Belgian top-flight.

His performances have attracted attention from a host of English clubs, with Arsenal, West Ham and Newcastle linked with moves.

And Onyekuru insists guarantees over playing time will play a significant part as he mulls over a summer switch.

‘The first and most important thing for a player is to get playing time,’ Eupen’s star striker told ESPN.

‘I’m still young and I still have a long career to pursue but now I need to play.

‘My agents are in talks with top clubs in the Premier League, Bundesliga, French league and others. If they accept our terms, then I’ll make a decision.

‘It’s not just about going to a big club and sitting on the bench. It’s not good for me, or being loaned to a club where I won’t play or where I will struggle to play.

‘The money can come later but for now, I just want to play to improve, not just to play for a big club.’

Despite Onyekuru’s best efforts, Eupen finished 13th last season, only winning eight of their 30 games.

‘It was very hard for me last season in Belgium because we just got promoted and our first objective was to stay in the league,’ he added.

‘Sometimes I would score two goals and we would end up losing the game. That was tough for me.

‘So I won’t like to go to a club where I will fight again just to stay in the league. I want to win trophies and if I can win trophies at my age, it will be good for me.’


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