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Sports News of Tuesday, 17 January 2023


Palace set to sign Osayi-Samuel for €11.3m

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Premier League club, Crystal Palace, is on the verge of completing a January move for Fenerbahce right-back Bright Osayi-Samuel, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.

According to a Turkish media outlet, As Marca, Palace are prepared to pay €11.3m for the Nigerian defender who has been impressive for the Yellow Canaries this season.

Osayi-Samuel has two years left on his current deal and has made 15 league appearances this season for Fenerbahce who are placed second in the Turkish Super Lig – four points adrift leaders Galatasaray.

Should the deal go through, it will be a dream move for Osayi-Samuel who had dreamt of a switch to Selhurt Park three years ago while he played for Queens Park Rangers.

Born in Okija to Nigerian parents 24 years ago, Osayi-Samuel emigrated to England when he was barely 10.

The full-back has since developed into one of the most accomplished defenders in the Turkish league.

The right-back made his full debut for the Super Eagles in the 4-0 defeat to Portugal in a recent friendly.

The Fenerbahce defender was Nigeria’s best player on the night in Lisbon, he won a penalty that forward Emmanuel Dennis missed.