Nigerian Players Likely To Change Clubs: Top Five January Transfer Targets

Published: December 14, 2018
Nigerian Players Likely To Change Clubs: Top Five January Transfer Targets
With the January transfer window set to open in the next three weeks, takes a look at five Nigerian players who will most likely change clubs before the window closes.

1) Name :  Victor Moses
Club   : Chelsea
Linked with : Crystal Palace, Manchester United, Fulham, Wolves
Probable Cost : £23 million

Comments : Moses's performances during Antonio Conte's two-year spell at Chelsea caught the eye, especially as he was made to play as a right wing-back. He is set to move onto pastures new in January due to a change in system by new boss, Sarri.

With his Premier League experience and being a homegrown player, the former Nigeria international should be worth almost double the reported asking price demanded by The Blues hierarchy.

2) Name :  Josh Maja
Club   :  Sunderland
Linked with : Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, Manchester City, Southampton, Bristol City
Probable Cost : £5 million

Comments : Doubts continue to surround the future of the highest scoring teenager in the whole of England as he has refused to pen a new deal and his current agreement with the Black Cats runs out in June.

Business wise, Sunderland may be forced to sell him next month or they won't be entitled to a transfer fee next summer if he leaves as a free agent.

3) Name :  Joe Aribo
Club   :  Charlton Athletic
Linked with : Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton, Derby County, Eintracht Frankfurt, Benfica
Probable Cost : £3 million

Comments : Aribo is in the same boat as Maja as his contract with the Addicks runs out in June 2019. 

One of the best central midfielders and young players in League One, Aribo deserves to be playing for a more glamorous club. His imperious displays last month saw him nominated for the PFA Fans' Player of the Month award .

4) Name :  Dominic Solanke
Club   : Liverpool
Linked with : Rangers, West Ham, Crystal Palace, Huddersfield Town
Probable Loan Cost : £1 million

Comments : Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Solanke could be loaned out for the second half of the season due to his lack of first-team opportunities.

If rumors are to be believed, Scottish Premiership giants Rangers are in pole position to sign the 2017 Fifa U20 World Cup Golden Ball winner.

5) Name :  Odion Ighalo
Club   : Changchun Yatai
Linked with : Chinese Super League, English Premier League clubs
Probable Cost : £10 million

Comments : I don't want to give much away here, but it is all but confirmed that Ighalo will depart demoted Changchun Yatai before the window closes.

Ighalo hit double digits in goals for the fourth straight season in 2018 and saw his stock rise after he was nominated for the African Player of the Year. He is also the leading marksman in the 2019 AFCON qualifiers.

Ifeanyi Emmanuel

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