Super Eagles defender Chidozie Awaziem is reportedly on the verge of joining Nantes of France from FC Porto of Portugal on a season-long loan.
If the move materialises following reports in various outlets, Awaziem will become Claudio Ranieri’s first signing for the French side. Awaziem played 35 league matches for Porto's B side last season in the Portuguese second-tier.
Awaziem was in action in Nigeria’s 2-0 defeat to South Africa on Saturday in the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier and reportedly currently has a buy out clause pegged at €20m.
Ranieri was fired by Leicester City in February and replaced by Craig Shakespeare as they battled for Premier League survival, despite having led them to a stunning league title the season before.
Ranieri penned a deal that will run until the end of the 2018-19 season.
Meanwhile, Nigeria's U-23 star Umar Sadiq on Thursday revealed his return this summer to parent club, Italy's Serie A giants AS Roma.
The 20-year-old striker who was one of Nigeria's outstanding players at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil, was on loan in the 2016/17 season at Serie A club Bologna.
Sadiq made seven league appearances for Bologna without scoring.
“My loan spell with Bologna didn’t go too well. Injuries slowed me down,” Sadiq told Prague-based Liberty Radio.
“I’m fully fit now and back at Roma. Hopefully I will travel to team up with them for pre season.
“There’s a new coach at Roma and that means a fresh start for everybody.
“I’m eager, fully fit and rearing to prove my worth to him if given the chance in pre-season.”
Roma reportedly paid £2 million when they signed Sadiq from Italian Serie B side Spezia at the end of the 2015/16 season.