Top Nigerian Footballers Who Made The Best Move This January Transfer Window

02 Feb

Top Nigerian Footballers Who Made
the Best Move This 2017 January
Transfer Window (Must Read)
It is no longer news that the Super
Eagles of Nigeria is among the strong
football nations not participating in the
ongoing AFCON 2017 in Gabon. So in
what looks a move to rediscover their
form or rather fill their pockets, here is
a list of Nigeria players who made a
move this January Winter Transfer
window (JWTW).
Starting in no particular order;
1) Ezekiel Bassey
Although the money he will be paid per
week involved in this deal is yet to be
disclosed, for a player from a local
Nigeria league club (Enyimba) to the
best club in the world Barcelona (albeit
playing in the La Masia) would be the
biggest dream of any player currently
playing in Nigeria and the shores of
Africa as a whole.
Ezekiel Bassey’s arrival is the second
signing of Barcelona on deadline day on
loan from Nigerian side Enyimba
International until the end of the
Bassey, who primarily plays as a winger,
follows Uruguayan defender Santiago
Bueno in at Camp Nou and both will
form part of the promotion chasing
Barca B squad.
The Catalan club also revealed that they
have an option to sign the 20-year-old
in the summer if he impresses in
Gerard Lopez’s team.
Bassey was spotted by Barcelona while
on a tour of Spain with the Nigeria
Professional Football League (NPFL) All-
Star team last August after analyzing
videos of his previous games provided
by former Nigeria international Haruna
Babangida, who spent seven years with
the club between 1997 and 2004.
Bassey becomes the fourth Nigerian to
play for Barcelona, joining a very short
list headed by Emmanuel Amunike,
Gbenga Okunowo and Babangida.
2) Aaron Olanare Samuel
Considered to be one of the brightest
stars for the future Nigerian Football,
the 22-year-old Nigeria striker Aaron
Samuel has signed a permanent four-
and-half year deal with Russia’s CSKA
Moscow from Chinese side Guangzhou.
On 17 February 2016, CSKA Moscow
announced the signing of Olanare on
loan from Guangzhou R&F for the
remainder of 2015–16 season.
3) Odion Ighalo
The 27-year-old striker completed his
£20million move to Chinese Super
League club Changchun Yatai from
Watford yesterday – and revealed it was
God that stopped him moving a year
ago. The Nigerian international was
offered £300,000-a-week from Hebei
China Fortune but opted to stay at
Watford after netting 16 goals in his
debut season.
After starting his career at Prime and
Julius Berger, he moved to Norway’s Lyn
in 2007. Ighalo be the second Super
Eagles player to move to China in the
2017 January transfer window following
captain Mikel Obi’s move to . He is
expected to earn close to £200,000 per
week at his new club more than Mikel
4) John Mikel Obi
After spending ten remarkable seasons
at Chelsea FC, 29-year-old Mikel was
called many things by Chelsea fans
during his decade at Stamford Bridge…
many of which are far too rude for us to
But finally he did left the blues to join
Chinese club Tianjin TEDA on 6 January
2017 signed by free transfer but he is to
earn £140,000 per week. He was born
John Michael Nchekwube Obinna –
‘Mikel’ only became a thing when the
Nigerian FA mistakenly used Mikel
instead of Michael on his submission
form for the 2003 FIFA Under-17 World
Championships (in case you never
5) Onyinye Wilfred Ndidi
The 20-year-old former Flying Eagles
midfielder agreed and completed a £17
million transfer deal from Belgian Pro
League club Genk to English champions
Leicester City. The deal was confirmed
on 5 January 2017.
6) Nosa Igiebor
Super Eagles midfielder Nosa Igiebor
joined Turkish side Caykur Rizespor on
loan deal from Israeli side Maccabi Tel
Aviv where he is expected to team up
with fellow AFCON 2013 winner Godfrey
Obaboana who currently plays, with the
Turkish side having the option of signing
him on a permanent deal at the en of
the season in summer.
Igiebor will reportedly cost Rizespor
around 1.5 million Euros, if they want to
turn his loan deal into a permanent one
in the summer and he will be the
second Nigerian to join the club this
January with Bright Edomwonyi moving
from Sturm Graz to the modest Turkish
side, bringing to three the number of
Nigerians at the club.

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