Super Eagles striker Osaze Odemwingie could face the ignominy of playing second fiddle at his Barclays Premier League club Stoke City next season.
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes is vigorously pursuing a deal for former Arsenal striker Eduardo who is a free agent after the expiration of his contract with Ukraine side, Shakhtar Donetsk, the club that had former Super Eagles striker Julius Aghahowa in their ranks.
The summer transfer window officially opened on July 1 and although the 2014 World Cup is still going in Brazil, clubs are busy working on player transfers ahead of the 2014/15 season.
Brazilian-born Eduardo played one game for his adopted nation, Croatia, in Group A of the World Cup where they crashed out in the group stages.
Hughes is keen to boost his attacking line and if the deal is wrapped up, Odemwingie who played in all four of the Super Eagles matches in Brazil 2014 would have to use the pre-season friendlies lined up by the Britannia side to convince his manager that he deserves to play ahead of Eduardo.
Odemwingie who turns 33-years-old two days after the 2014 World Cup curtains fall on July 15 scored six goals in 15 Barclays Premier League games for Stoke City last season.
By Izuchukwu Okosi