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13 January Transfer Deals Of Top Nigerian Players

13 January Transfer Deals Of Top Nigerian Players

 

With the January transfer window closed, Completesportsnigeria.com's JOHNNY EDWARD presents 13 done deals involving top Nigerian players, listed in no particular order.

 

1. Ezekiel Bassey (Enyimba to Barcelona)

 

Arguably the biggest move in the January transfer window. Enyimba winger, Ezekiel Bassey joined Spanish giants Barcelona's B team on a six-month loan deal. Bassey, who turned out for Nigeria's home-based national team at the 2016 African Nations Championship in Rwanda, will be assessed based on his performance at the end of the season which will determine whether he will be promoted to the first team and then sign a permanent contract with the club. He was also part of Enyimba side that won the Nigeria Professional League title in the 2014/2015 season,  but rarely featured under Paul Aigbogun last term.

 

2. Odion Ighalo (Watford to Changchun Yatai)

 

Ighalo ended his nine year relationship with the Pozzo family, quitting Watford for Chinese outfit Changchun Yatai three years after moving to England from Italian side Udinese (Italian billionaire, Giampaolo Pozzo is the owner of Udinese, while his son, Gino Pozzo, owns Watford).

 

Having featured for Granada in Spain and Cesena in Italy respectively. Ighalo also helped Watford gain promotion to the Premier League in the 2014-15 campaign scoring 15 top-flight goals in 2015-16, but has only one Premier League goal this season and has gone 15 games without scoring in all competitions.

 

3. Mikel John Obi (Chelsea to Tianjin TEDA)

 

Nigerian skipper Mikel John Obi joined the legion of top fooballers moving to the Chinese Super League, ending his trophy laden nine years at the Stamford Bridge. One of Nigeria's biggest exports in the past decade, Mikel is the fourth Nigerian player to move to China after Aaron Samuel, Obafemi Martins, Anthony Ujah made the switch.  Tianjin TEDA is the fourth career club Mikel has featured for, following careers at Plateau United, Lyn Oslo and Chelsea.  The 29-year-old played 372 times for Chelsea since joining in 2006. He won two Premier League titles, four FA Cups, 2012 Champions League and the 2013 Europa League title during his time at Stamford Bridge.

 

4. Chinedu Obasi( AIK to Shenzhen) 

 

Obasi revived his football career in Sweden last season scoring six goals in ten games to earn a lucrative deal at Chinese second division side Shenzhen. Owned by one of the richest men in China, Wang Jianlin, Shenzhen will be targeting promotion to the top league this season after firing coach Clarence Seedorf.  Obasi signed a one year deal at the club.

 

5. Wilfred Ndidi (KRC Genk to Leicester City)

 

One of Nigeria's fast rising stars, Wilfred Ndidi made a giant leap from Belgian side KRC Genk after two seasons to English Premier League champions Leicester City. 

 

Ndidi hogged the headlines with his outstanding performances for Genk in the Europa League where he was named in the best team of the group stages. He also made his debut for three time African Champions, Nigeria last year.  The 20-year-old Nigeria international signed a five-and-a-half-year deal.

 

6. Raheem Lawal (Osmanlıspor to Kayserispor)

 

Lawal opted to move to Kayserispor in the Turkish top flight league till the end of the season after finding first team action hard to come by at Osmanlispor in his second season. Prior to his exit, Lawal featured in 14 games and provided on assist for Osmanlispor. He previously played for Atlético Baleares in Spain, Adana Demirspor and Mersin İdmanyurdu, Eskişehirspor, Osmanlispor all in Turkey.

 

7. Bright Edomwonyi (Sturm Graz to Caykur Rizespor)

 

Former Westerlo Academy player, Bright Edomwonyi will be hoping to revive his career in Turkey after unsuccessful spells in Austria with Red Bull Salzburg, FC Liefering, Wacker Innsbruck, TSV Hartberg and Sturm Graz. The highly rated forward who had brief stints with Westerlo in Belgium could only manage 22 goals in 100 games in Austria.

 

8. Aaron Samuel (Guanghzou R&F to CSKA Moscow)

 

Nigeria striker, Aaron Samuel, signed a four and a half year contract with Russian champions CSKA Moscow. Samuel first joined CSKA on a loan deal, but could not make the deal  permanent after he suffered a long-term knee injury in the Russian Cup final and had to be sidelined for about eight months. But scoring three goals in ten games for the Russian outfit was enough to seal a new deal at the side.

 

9. Chukwuma Akabueze (Odds BK to Boluspor)

One cap Nigerian player, Chukwuma Akabueze, joined Turkish second division club Boluspor from Norwegian top flight side Odds BK on a one and half year deal. Akabueze previously featured for SK Brann, Wuhan Zall and Kwara United. He was a member of Nigeria's Flying Eagles squad to the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada.

 

10. Nosa Igiebor (Maccabi Tel Aviv to Caykur Rizespor)

 

Nosa Igiebor joined Godfrey Oboabona and Bright Edomwonyi at Caykur Rizespor before the expiration of his current deal with Maccabi Tel Aviv. The midfielder who won the Israeli Premier League, Israel State Cup and the Toto Cup in the 2014–15 season two season ago before opting for a new adventure with Rizespor, has previously starred for Hapoel Tel Aviv, Real Betis and Lillestrom.  He is in line to make is debut for the club next weekend when Rizespor face Akhisar Belediye Genclik on the 12th of February. Rizespor are 14th in the Turkish Super Lig log with 19 points from 19 games, two points above the relegation zone. 

 

11. Chuba Akpom (Arsenal to Brighton)

 

Arsenal forward, Chuba Akpom, joined Championship club Brightton and Hove Albion on loan after injury cut short his blistering start to his Gunners career this season. The 21-year-old forward has made only four competitive appearances for Arsenal.

 

12. Elderson Echiejile (Monaco to Sporting Gijon)

 

Echiejile joined his fifth European club Sporting Gijon in the January transfer window after his loan deal with Standard Liege was cut short by his parent club Monaco. He has previously featured for Stade Rennes, SC Braga, Monaco, Standard Liege. Echiejile becomes the second Nigerian to feature in the Spanish La Liga Santander this season after Uche Agbo of Granada.

 

13. Ezekiel Henty (Locomotiv Moscow to Baniyas)

 

After making a big money move to Russian club, Locomotiv Moscow, a year ago, Ezekiel Henty has been sent out on a six months loan deal to Baniyas SC in the Arabian Gulf League.

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