Chima tempted by Rovers
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The 26-year-old striker has been forced onto the bench at Excelsior by the form of Cecilio Lopes, and has decided to look for a new challenge.
Rovers boss Gary Thompson was told the forward was worthy of a closer look, and they have admitted an interest in Onyeike.
The news has filtered back to Onyeike, who said: "The adventure attracts me, that is for certain at my age.
"I think I can adapt well to the English style of play. Bristol Rovers are currently the most concrete club."
He appears to be looking for a team with ambition, adding: "This club is playing in the Third Division and I am willing to play in the Second Division or higher.
"If Bristol win promotion, it`s maybe an option. There are several clubs interested.
"The major problem is that I don't play and this club want to see me in action.
"Excelsior will support me with finding a new club and will not make problems to send me on trial."
With Rovers having little chance of achieving promotion, Onyeike will either have to accept life in Division Three for the time being or look elsewhere.
Thompson is aware that his star striker Nathan Ellington is coming under close scrutiny from teams in higher divisions, and he may be preparing for life without the man who knocked Derby County out of the FA Cup.
A host of forwards have caught Thompson`s eye, with Manchester City pair Chris Killen and Chris Shuker both being targeted by the Memorial Stadium boss.
Shuker has rejected a move but Killen, who recently signed a new Maine Road deal, is still thinking over a loan move to Bristol.
Liverpool`s Ritchie Partridge has also turned down a loan move, with Thompson admitting he is getting frustrated by his failure to find a partner for Ellington.
If Killen decides against the move, it could persuade Thompson to step up his pursuit of Onyeike.
It is not just the forward line that Thompson is looking at, as he is currently giving a trial to Middlesbrough defender Christian Hanson who has been joined at the Memorial Stadium by Marcus Rose from non league side Walton and Hersham, and French ace Thierry Louison of Cannes.