MOVERS & SHAKERS: 10 Top Nigerian Transfers In 2016/17 European Window

MOVERS & SHAKERS: 10 Top Nigerian Transfers In 2016/17 European Window

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The European summer transfer window closed few days ago with many Nigerian players involved. Completesportsnigeria.com's JOHNNY EDWARD highlights the notable moves by Nigerians…


Ahmed Musa (CSKA to Leicester)

Ahmed Musa's move to English Premier League Champions Leicester City on a four-year contract for club-record fee of around £18m was the biggest transfer recorded by any Nigerian player since Chelsea splashed £16m to snatch Mikel Obi from the clutches of Manchester United in 2006.

The 23-year-old winger introduced himself with two stunning goals in Leicester’s 4-2 loss to Barcelona in a pre-season friendly in Stockholm but has since failed to score in three EPL games for the Foxes who are reigning champions. 


Isaac Success (Granada to Watford)


Success joined compatriot Odion Ighalo at Premier League side Watford for a club record £12.5m from La Liga club Granada. The 20-year-old highly-rated 

forward agreed a five-year deal with the Hornets.

He became the second Nigerian to command a huge fee during the 2016/17 transfer window after Musa.

The 20-year-old, who can play in any position in attack, scored six goals in 30 La Liga appearances last season for Granada where he was named the young player of the year at the club. He has only one substitute appearance for the Hornets.



Elderson Echiejile (Monaco to Liege)


Super Eagles defender Elderson Echiejile completed a season-long loan switch to Standard Liege from French side Monaco after he lost his place to Djibril Sidibe who arrived from Lille.

Echiejile was close to agreeing a loan deal to Spanish side Espanyol but opted for a move to Liege where he will feature in the Europa League competition.

The 28-year-old who is expected to make his debut for the Rouches in Sunday's clash against Genk that parades another Nigerian player Wilfred Ndidi.

Echiejile joined Monaco in 2014, making 54 appearances and scoring two goals in three-and-a-half seasons.



Kingsley Madu (Trencin to Zulte-Waregem)


Super Eagles fringe left-back, Kingsley Madu, joined Belgian side Zulte-Waregem from Slovakia’s AS Trencin on a three-year deal.

The former El Kanemi man joined AS Trencin on January 3, 2014 where he won two Fortuna Liga and two Slovak Cup titles during his time there.


Umar Sadiq (Roma to Bologna)


Nigeria U-23s striker Sadiq Umar joined Serie A side Bologna on a season-long loan from AS Roma after completing a €2.5m move from Spezia. He becomes the third Nigerian player in the Italian Serie A after Joel Obi (Torino) and Stanley Amuzie at Sampdoria.

The 19-year-old scored four goals in six appearances as the won a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil with Nigeria.

Umar who was unveiled officially as Bologna player on Wednesday could make his debut against Cagliari at the Stadio Dall’Ara on Sunday.

He scored twice in seven games last season with AS Roma.


Fred Friday (Lillestrom to Alkmaar)


After making history with Lillestrom, Fred Friday opted to joined Dutch Eredivisie club AZ Alkmaar on a four-year deal replacing last season’s Eredivisie top scorer 

Vincent Janssen, who joined English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.

The 21-year-old striker who boasts of an incredible goal record of 28 goals in 65 appearances in three seasons for Norwegian side.

He has scored once in five games so far.


Kenneth Omeruo (Chelsea to Alanyaspor)


Despite signing a new three-year deal with Chelsea, Kenneth Omeruo once again was shipped out on a season-long loan deal to Turkey’s Super Lig newcomers Alanyaspor for the 2016/17 season.

It is the fourth loan spell for the 22-year-old away from Chelsea since joining the Blues in 2012.

He had previous loan spells at Dutch side ADO Den Haag, Middlesbrough and Kasımpaşa.


Ogenyi Onazi (Lazio to Trabzonspor)

Nigerian midfielder Ogenyi Onazi ended his six-year romance with Lazio by joining Trabzonspor on a four-year deal.

Onazi, who was deemed surplus to requirement by coach Simeone Inzaghi, scored seven goals in 110 appearances for the Italian side.

The Nigerian international turned down a lucrative offer from Panathinaikos for a move to Turkey.


Rabiu Ibrahim (Trencin to Gent)

Having rediscovered his form with Slovakian side AS Trencin, Rabiu Ibrahim's arrival at Gent was not a surprise move to many.

Ibrahim started out at Sporting Lisbon and featured for PSV as well as spells at Celtic and Kilmarnock.

 He was instrumental in AS Trencin winning the Slovakian title in successive seasons.


Anderson Esiti (Estoril to Gent)

One-cap Super Eagles midfielder Anderson Esiti became the third Nigerian at Ghelamco Arena after he signed a four-year deal with KAA Gent from Portuguese top division side Estoril.

“Anderson Esiti is a powerful player with a lot of gait and duel strength and good technical background. Despite his young age he already has more than 100 games to his name in Portugal,” Gent announced on their website.

Esiti's only game for the Eagles at last year’s AFCON qualifier against Chad in Kaduna.

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