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Soccer News of Tuesday, 31 January 2023


Transfer deadline day: Super Eagles stars who can still move before window shuts

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Several young, exciting Nigerian prospects such as Yira Sor, Igoh Ogbu, Ibrahim Olawoyin, and Moses Usor have all switched clubs while veteran defender William Troost-Ekong has also made a welcome return to the Italian Serie A this January.

Portugal Primeira Liga campaigners, Futebol Clube de Arouca have also completed the signing of exciting Nigerian forward, Yusuf Lawal from Azerbaijan Premier League outfit, Neftchi Baku.

In the last few hours, Super Eagles striker Olanrewaju Kayode returned to Turkey for a third loan spell after completing his move to Super Lig strugglers, Ümraniyespor from Shakhtar Donetsk.

But who are the other Super Eagles stars due a transfer before the winter window slams shut?

Terem Moffi

It is only a matter of ‘when’ and not ‘if’ before Terem Moffi leaves Lorient for good. The Nigerian forward with 12 Ligue 1 goals this season has been the subject of interest from West Ham, Southampton, and Marseille.

But it is OGC Nice that have reportedly won the race for his signature for a record transfer fee.

Sadly, we will not be seeing the big, powerful striker in the English Premier League just yet.

Samuel Chukwueze

Samuel Chukwueze has enjoyed a marked change in fortunes since the arrival of Villarreal head coach Quique Setién.

The Spanish tactician has given the Nigerian winger more opportunities in the starting eleven and the future has never looked brighter for the youngster.

But Chukwueze is primed for the Premier League and Everton’s Goodison Park remains a viable destination.

The Toffees wanted Chukwueze last summer and were reportedly considering a move for him this January before settling for his Villarreal teammate Arnaut Danjuma.

But Tottenham hijacked that deal and Everton could be forced back for Chukwueze in the closing hours of the window.

Kelechi Iheanacho

Ademola Lookman’s exploits in the Italian Serie A is a pointer to Iheanacho that when things are not going well at the King Power Stadium, the grass may really be greener on the other side.

Iheanacho has dropped down the pecking order at Leicester City, even behind Patson Daka but there is no denying the fact that the former Manchester City lad is one of the best goal poachers in the topflight.

It would delight many to see Iheanacho get a chance to move to a club where he is guaranteed regular playing time and maybe there he can begin to fulfill his enormous potential.

Bright Osayi-Samuel

Strangely, Osayi-Samuel is still a Fenerbahce player entering into the final hours of the winter transfer season.

The full-back has had suitors from several Premier League clubs but none has put the money on the table for the former QPR man.

Bournemouth are the latest club to be linked with a move for Osayi-Samuel but recent reports suggest the Cherries have other targets in view.

Maduka Okoye

Okoye left the Netherlands in the summer as one of the best young goalkeepers in the Eredivisie but has found minimal opportunities to showcase his talents in England.

The Super Eagles shot-stopper has not made any appearances for Watford in the Championship and he recently confessed that he would jump at any chance to return to the Eredivisie.