Tuesday, December 7

Nigerian Players Abroad

Nigerian Players Abroad

Osimhen Welcomes Competition In Super Eagles, Salutes Onuachu’s Goalscoring Prowess

Frankie Omokhua Super Eagles and Napoli of Italy striker, Victor Osimhen, is impressed with the growing competition for places in Nigeria's striking department, after commending his Eagles teammates - Paul Onuachu, Kelechi Iheanacho and Sadiq Umar, who are presently having impressive form this season in Europe. Onuachu scored a brace for his Belgian side, Genk in their 3-2 loss at Royal Antwerp, to continue his scoring form last weekend. It was Onuachu’s sixth goal in five games, and his ninth in 10 games for his club which has taken his goal tally in the league to 29 for the season and 33 in all competitions. Also, Iheanacho has scored 10 goals in his last seven appearances for the Leicester City including his lone strike in the FA Cup semifinal last wee...
Fulham Closing In On A Deal For RB Leipzig Winger, Ademola Lookman
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Fulham Closing In On A Deal For RB Leipzig Winger, Ademola Lookman

Frankie Omokhua Fulham is closing on a deal to bring Ademola Lookman back to the Premier League. The 22-year-old left Everton for Red Bull Leipzig last year in a £16.5million deal but has struggled for playing time making just 13 appearances last season. Now the former Charlton youth product is in talks with Fulham who have made an approach for a loan with an option to make his move permanent. The winger has watched Leipzig's first two games of the season from the bench with the Bundesliga side recording 3-1 and 3-0 victories. Lookman failed to register a goal or assist for the German's in the 2019-20 season and started just one game. In his final season for Everton, the winger made 21 Premier League appearances and contributed two assists. Scott P...
Middlesbrough Signs Chuba Akpom In £2.75m Deal From Greek Club, PAOK
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Middlesbrough Signs Chuba Akpom In £2.75m Deal From Greek Club, PAOK

Frankie Omokhua   Middlesbrough has completed the signing of former Arsenal striker, Chuba Akpom, for £2.75million. The 24-year-old Nigerian-born player joins from Greek club PAOK, where he scored 18 goals in two seasons and won the league and cup double in 2019. Akpom, who has signed a three-year contract, with the option of a further year, is Boro's fourth summer signing after Sam Morsy, Marcus Bettinelli and Grant Hall. He will be at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday to watch his new team play Bournemouth in the Championship. “I'm delighted to finally have got him”, said Boro manager, Neil Warnock, who will coach his side against Bournemouth via Zoom following a positive Covid-19 test. “He's been my No 1 choice. I've wanted him for a long time. I'd like...
Ola Aina Completes Fulham Medical
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Ola Aina Completes Fulham Medical

Frankie Omokhua Torino defender, Ola Aina, has completed a medical ahead of his move to Fulham. Aina will join Scott Parker's side on loan with an £11m option to buy. The Nigerian will now finalise personal terms ahead of completing moves to Craven Cottage. The former England youth international is a graduate of Chelsea's academy and spent over a decade at the club. He spent the 2017/18 campaign away on loan at Hull before making a season-long loan move to Torino the following year. The Serie A side took up the option to make Aina's move from Chelsea permanent in June 2019. The 23-year-old made 37 appearances for Torino last season.
Osimhen Refused Manchester United Move Before Joining Napoli Because Of Odion Ighalo
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Osimhen Refused Manchester United Move Before Joining Napoli Because Of Odion Ighalo

Frankie Omokhua Victor Osimhen turned down a potential move to Manchester United before joining Napoli for £54million, his brother has revealed.  The 21-year-old moved to the Italian club from Lille in a big money deal earlier this summer but Andrew Osimhen has explained that United were also in for him. But the fact that fellow Nigerian Odion Ighalo already played at Old Trafford meant Victor did not contemplate the move out of respect.  'It is very true that Manchester United wanted Victor but he told me something like he had too much respect for Odion Ighalo to be competing for shirts with his senior colleague,' Andrew told Complete Sports. 'My brother holds Ighalo in high esteem and he just didn't see himself going to Old Trafford to battle for a str...
Chelsea’s Tomori Close To Joining Everton On A Season-Long Deal
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Chelsea’s Tomori Close To Joining Everton On A Season-Long Deal

Frankie Omokhua Chelsea centre back, Fikayo Tomori, is reportedly on the verge of joining Everton as Carlo Ancelotti continues to add to his first-team squad this summer.  After signing Napoli midfielder, Allan at the weekend for £22million, the Toffees brought in Real Madrid playmaker, James Rodriguez, on Monday.  Now, it looks as though Ancelotti will add to his ranks defensively, with Chelsea keen for 22-year-old Tomori to gain some regular first-team football in the Premier League, and talks are at an advanced stage according to reports.  The report details that Tomori also attracted interest from Rennes and Newcastle but a move to Goodison Park is the most likely scenario currently.  Tomori first worked under Chelsea bo...
Eberechi Eze Wraps Up £19.5m Move From QPR To Crystal Palace On A 5-Year Deal
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Eberechi Eze Wraps Up £19.5m Move From QPR To Crystal Palace On A 5-Year Deal

Frankie Omokhua Crystal Palace has completed the signing of Eberechi Eze from QPR in a deal worth £19.5million. Reports say Palace has made an initial payment of £14m up front for the 22-year-old winger who agreed a five-year deal at Selhurst Park. After finalising his move from QPR, Eze said: “As a football club, I feel like there are great players here and it's a brilliant opportunity for me to come and be with these players, to link up with them and to really push on”. The England U-21 international who scored 14 goals in 46 appearances in the Sky Bet Championship for QPR last season, had attracted interest from newly-promoted sides, Fulham and West Brom, Newcastle, but, opted to join the Eagles instead. Palace previously had bids of £8m and £12m rejecte...
Nigerian-born West Brom Winger, Jonathan Leko, Set For Medical At Birmingham Ahead Of £1m Move, Amid Interest From Sheffield Wednesday And QPR
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Nigerian-born West Brom Winger, Jonathan Leko, Set For Medical At Birmingham Ahead Of £1m Move, Amid Interest From Sheffield Wednesday And QPR

Frankie Omokhua West Brom winger, Jonathan Leko, is heading to Birmingham City for a medical ahead of a proposed £1million move. The 21-year-old also has interest from Sheffield Wednesday and Queens Park Rangers but he is heading to St George's Park for the first stage of his medical tests after missing the second half of last season with a anterior cruciate ligament injury. QPR had discussed Leko as a potential replacement for Eberechi Eze who is bound for Crystal Palace in a deal worth up to £19.5m on Thursday.  Indeed, West Brom had offered Leko as part of their own bid to sign Eze earlier this week but the QPR winger was set on a move to Palace. QPR still retain an interest in Leko but talks are advancing with Birmingham after they h...
Arsenal Snap Up Nigerian Youngsters, Dinzeyi and Akinola On Recruitment Drive For U23 Squad
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Arsenal Snap Up Nigerian Youngsters, Dinzeyi and Akinola On Recruitment Drive For U23 Squad

Frankie Omokhua Former Tottenham youngster, Jonathan Dinzeyi is reportedly set to join the club's bitter rivals, Arsenal after being released last month. The 20-year-old, who plays as a centre-back, featured only once for the first team in a friendly against Italian side, Girona in 2018 - failing to make a competitive appearance. Arsenal are seeking to bolster their youth set-up with former defender, Per Mertesacker, in charge of youth development, and according to reports, the club have secured both Dinzeyi and former Huddersfield midfielder, Tim Akinola. The Gunners are planning to send a number of youngsters out on loan for the 2020-21, meaning they will need reinforcements to develop at the club in the Under-23 team before challenging Mikel Arteta'...
Mikel Obi joins Stoke City
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Mikel Obi joins Stoke City

Frankie Omokhua Former Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi, has joined Stoke City on a free transfer after leaving Turkish side, Trabzonspor, in March. Mikel made 249 Premier League appearances for Chelsea in his 11-year spell, which ended when he left Stamford Bridge in 2017. Stoke boss, Michael O'Neill, says he is impressed with the Nigerian after meeting him for the first time when he outlined what he wants from the next phase of his career. "We spent four hours talking and he made it clear he wants to get back into the Premier League and finish his career there and hopefully he can do that with Stoke City". Mikel won 89 caps for Nigeria, playing in two World Cup tournaments and helping the Super Eagles win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, before announcing his retirement from i...
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