Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Nigeria players transfer news and rumours: Iheanacho set for MLS move? – Afrik-Foot NG


If you’re searching for Nigeria players transfer news, speculations and rumours, look no further, we’ve got you covered.
From the days of Austin ‘Jay-Jay’ Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu, and John Obi Mikel to present-day Victor Osimhen, Ademola Lookman, and Victor Boniface, many talented Nigerians have proven themselves all over the world’s best leagues.
Some of these players were highly sought-after, with some of the biggest clubs in the world competing for their services.
In this article, we’ll provide all the info you need, which will be updated regularly as the transfer news breaks.
The Seattle Sounders are looking to strengthen their squad with the MLS transfer window on the horizon.
The focus of the club is to take advantage of players available on free transfers rather than paying huge transfer fees. As such, one key player is Kelechi Iheanacho who is now a free agent.
Iheanacho has a proven track record from Manchester City and Leicester City, offering a promising option to enhance the team’s attacking lineup.
The Nigerian scored 61 goals and provided 34 assists in 232 appearances for Leicester City.
According to several sources, Everton are eyeing a move for Wilfred Ndidi when he becomes a free agent later this month.
The Nigeria international’s contract with Leicester City expires on the 30th of June, and he has rejected a new offer from the Foxes, which means the 27-year-old will be available to join a new club from next week.
Ndidi has been with Leicester City since 2017 and featured in 274 matches, but after six seasons with them, a new challenge looks to be on the horizon for the midfielder.
Atalanta’s brilliant attacker, Ademola Lookman, has caught the attention of three Premier League big boys after his spectacular MVP performance in the Europa League final.
With an asking price that could be around €60 million, his return to England looks like a real possibility after Liverpool, Chelsea, and Manchester United are all willing to table an offer for the explosive Super Eagles forward.
While negotiations develop in the next weeks and months, Lookman remains focused on Atalanta, knowing that his near future could take him back to the Premier League, where elite clubs are eager to add him to their books.
Victor Osimhen is currently involved in an off-the-field battle while holidaying in Nigeria, which many have seen as what could derail his move to the Premier League.
The Nigerian superstar has been one of the most sought-out players in the last two transfer windows by some of the biggest clubs in Europe, which made Napoli set his transfer fee at €120million.
However, recent news by Italian sporting media now suggests that the Partenopei have reduced the attacker’s asking price to €100million, one which could ignite the interests of the Premier League clubs who want his signature.
Since joining Napoli, Osimhen has scored 76 goals and provided 16 assists in 133 appearances for the Serie A side.
According to Greek media giants Nova Sports, PAOK Salonica are in ‘advanced talks’ with Glasgow Rangers who are currently preparing for the UEFA Champions League qualifiers.
Dessers is under contract for another three years and the Ibrox side will demand a substantial fee for a player who divides opinion among supporters.
Reports also claimed that the Nigeria international has handed in a transfer request in a bid to force the move through.
The 29-year-old has scored 23 goals and contributed nine assists since moving to Rangers from Italian side Cremonese in a £4.3million deal last July.
Super Eagles forward Paul Onuachu left Southampton for Trabzonspor last summer on a season-long loan deal due to lack of playing time in England. The deal paid off for the 30-year-old Nigerian, who quickly became a fan favourite because of his decisiveness in front of goal.
Onuachu bagged 15 goals and four assists in 24 appearances for the Turkish side to help them to a third-place finish in the Super Lig.
His impressive performances ignited talks that Trabzonspor would want to retain the player. However, the Turkish club are not willing to pay €11million to cement a permanent transfer for Onuachu.
According to GMS, Southampton do not want Onuachu, as the current coach Martin Russell does not have him in his plans. This could mean that the striker will settle for another loan spell in Turkey.
Lazio are reportedly in talks with Fisayo Dele-Bashiru, who is waiting for the Italian intermediary to send over the contract.
The Nigerian attacking midfielder could arrive in the Italian capital in the coming days to carry out his medicals and complete the move.
The Biancocelsti have agreed to sign the Nigerian midfielder from Hatayspor on a €2million loan deal with a €4million buy option attached.
The player started his career at Manchester City, where he rose through the club’s ranks and eventually represented their U-23 team. But in 2020, he left the Cityzens in search of playing time, thus joining Sheffield Wednesday on a contract running until June 2026.
Last summer, however, Dele-Bashiru completed a move to Hatayspor and had a productive season in which he contributed nine goals and six assists in 39 appearances across all competitions.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s Nottingham Forest are desperate to avoid a cut-price sale for key players such as Morgan Gibbs-White or Taiwo Awoniyi in the coming days.
Forest are ready to sell four stars this week as they bid to avoid further punishment under Profit and Sustainability Rules (PSR), according to sources.
It is believed the Tricky Trees are now willing to part ways with Joe Worrall, Lewis O’Brien, Emmanuel Dennis and Matt Turner.
This will ensure that the Midlands club records a suitable trading profit before their 2023/24 accounting period ends on Sunday (30 June).
For the first time in his professional career, ex-Super Eagles player Victor Moses is without a club after confirming his exit from Spartak Moscow.
The 33-year-old winger posted a compilation video of his best highlights and added an emotional message:
“After three beautiful years at this great club it’s now time for me to move on to a new adventure and I’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge heartfelt thank you to everybody connected with Spartak Moscow for all of your incredible support during my time here.”
After three beautiful years at this great club it’s now time for me to move on to a new adventure and I’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge heartfelt thank you to everybody connected with Spartak Moscow for all of your incredible support during my time here.
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Moses scored six goals across 63 matches for Spartak Moscow. It is unclear which place his next challenge will be, but one thing for sure is that the Nigerian is not done with professional football just yet.
Talented youngster James Arinze has completed a move to Danish Superliga champions, FC Midtjylland.
Arinze joined Midtjylland from Nigerian club, FC Ebedei. The midfielder will start with the club’s U-19 team before graduating to the main team.
Interestingly, current Super Eagles stars, Paul Onuachu, Frank Onyeka and Raphael Onyedika all came through from FC Ebedei to Midtjylland.
Kelechi is a long-suffering Valencia fan with over five years of experience writing about football, tennis, basketball, American football and baseball.
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