Norwegian club Sarpsborg 08 are in the driving seat for the signature of Nigeria B international Emem Eduok but the Norwegian Premier League side face competition from Strømsgodset and Lillestrom, according to SL10 .
Even though personal terms have been agreed with the player, the transfer fee being demanded by Dolphins of Port Harcourt, believed to be $1m, has been the stumbling block.
Sarpsborg 08 chiefs are hoping that the club can thrash out financial terms with their Nigerian counterparts before their first pre-season game on January 26.
Another sticky point in the ongoing negotiations is the sell-on clause that should be inserted into the contract, but at the moment the figure is below the 50 percent which is being bandied in the local media.
If the i’s have been dotted and the t’s crossed, Emem Eduok will pen a three -year deal with the Østfold county-based outfit.
In the first week of January, the 20-year-old has an appointment with officials of the Norwegian embassy as regards his visa application, and it is expected that he will be issued the traveling document after two weeks.
Indeed the star of the 2014 Federation Cup finalists exclusively told Completesportsnigeria.com that though the Norwegian league is not as competitive as those in western Europe, he still fancies a move there, which justifies the SL10 report about an iminent deal in the winter transfer window.
“I like Norway and Turkey as well. They may not be the most glamourous leagues in the world, but they are good leagues in their own rights where a player can have playing time and build his confidence,” Eduok had told Completesportsnigeria.com.
While Emem Eduok has played down talks of an imminent switch to Esperance, it is understood that the Tunisia powerhouse have not given up in the pursuit of the player.
But his minders have opined that he should begin his adventure outside Nigeria in Norway, and have pointed out that Jude Aneke and George Akpabio chose wrong career paths, which contributed to both falling off the radar.