Brentford faces the potential departure of Frank Onyeka in the current winter transfer window, with multiple clubs in England and abroad expressing interest in the Nigerian midfielder. Despite signing a four-year contract extension with Brentford in August, Onyeka may be permitted to leave on loan in January. Premier League teams Everton and Fulham, along with La Liga's Villarreal, are reportedly keen on the Super Eagles player. Serie A's Fiorentina and French Ligue 1's Lens also have Onyeka on their radar.
Acquired from FC Midtjylland in 2021 for €10 million, Onyeka has amassed 65 appearances and three assists for Brentford. The club is open to a permanent transfer for a fee of €20 million or more, but interested clubs seem inclined towards a loan deal until the end of the season. Onyeka, however, remains focused on the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations, where he is part of Nigeria's 25-man squad. With Wilfred Ndidi absent, Onyeka aims to play a pivotal role as the Super Eagles pursue a fourth continental honor in Cote d’Ivoire.
Having earned 12 caps for Nigeria, this marks Onyeka's second major tournament appearance for the three-time African champions. While he was part of Nigeria’s squad for the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon, he featured as a substitute in the Super Eagles’ last Group D match against Guinea-Bissau.