Belgian club, Standard Liege are asking for as much as five million Euros from Qatari club Al Arabi for Nigeria striker, Imoh Ezekiel.
Al Arabi have tabled a four-year deal for the 20-year-old Ezekiel.
The president of 36 Lion Football Academy Lagos and the striker’s mentor Liamed Gafaar revealed to AfricanFootball.com: “What the two clubs are discussing is between €4 million and €5 million Euros, no interested European team are close to what Standard Liege want.”
Gafaar further disclosed the player is satisfied with the personal terms and he is now only waiting for Standard Liege and Al Arabi to agree a transfer fee.
“Imoh’s (Ezekiel) move to Al Arabi of Qatar is 85% done. He has agreed personal terms with the club, the only thing that remains is for Standard Liege and Al Arabi to agree on a transfer fee. I am sure that will be sorted out soon,” he further said.
“He is expected to hit Qatar by July 27 for the signing formalities.”
The 36 Lion Football Academy boss justified the decision for the striker, who has been capped once by Nigeria, to move to Qatar.
“Some people think Qatar league is not strong. I disagree with them. If Iran could come to the World Cup and it had to take a last-minute goal for Argentina to beat them, it shows there are tough defenders in that region,” he argued.
“It will be a new challenge for him. If Asamoah Gyan could do well in the World Cup despite playing in UAE, nothing will stop Imoh from scoring loads of goals in Qatar.
“I am sure he will return to Europe in future for bigger teams in the bigger leagues, he has age on his side.”