By Johnny Edward:
Super Eagles midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo has joined English second-tier club Stoke City on a five-year deal from with Portuguese side Feirense, the Championship club announced on Monday.
Stoke were relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season.
The 22-year-old midfielder, who will be at the upcoming World Cup with Nigeria, signed a five-year deal reportedly worth €7.2million.
Stoke City’s Chief Executive Tony Scholes told the club’s website: “We are delighted Etebo has chosen to join Stoke City, becoming our first signing of the summer.
“I’m particularly pleased that he took the time to look beyond our current league status and understand who we are as a club before choosing us ahead of current Premier League and Bundesliga clubs.”
Stoke City manager, Gary Rowett said: “We’re really excited to have got the deal over the line for Etebo. I’m looking forward to seeing him in a Stoke City shirt as I’m sure our supporters are too.
“Etebo is a very mobile, energetic midfielder and he’s a great age. He has played in the top divisions in Portugal and Spain and, of course, he’s heading into the World Cup with Nigeria which will be an amazing experience for him.”
Etebo has been capped 14 times by Nigeria and came on as a substitute in last week’s friendly against England at Wembley.
He will be part of the Nigerian squad that will face Group D World Cup games against Argentina, Iceland and Croatia.
Etebo, who started his career with Warri Wolves in Nigeria, joined Feirense in 2016 and made 45 league appearances, scoring seven goals.
He made 12 appearances for Las Palmas whilst on loan with the team from Gran Canaria.