The January transfer window is already here and players have started getting linked with top clubs in the European leagues.
This may be the most important window in the careers of some Super Eagles players who are desperately targeting a move away from their current clubs for a variety of reasons.
For some it is a lack of game-time‚ for others a chance to fulfill their potential on a bigger stage.
Here is a look of 7 Nigerian players that desperately need to move this transfer window:
Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC)
After more than 10 years, Mikel’s time with the Blues may well be over judging by the fact that has has hardly gotten a look in from Antonio Conte this season ever since he returned from the Olympics.
The 29-year-old has been frozen out of action for Chelsea this season having just featured twice for the Blues’ during their pre-season tour in Austria.
Mikel has 13 major honours to his name; including two Premier League titles, four FA Cups, one UEFA Champions League title, one UEFA Europa League, Olympic Bronze medal and one AFCON title. He has been linked with moves to Spain, France and China.
Current reports sugget Valencia in Spain looks the most likely destination for Mikel as it looks like a deal is almost sorted out for the Nigeria international.
Gbolahan Salami (Kuopion Palloseura)
From Warri Wolves to Finland, Salami was able to prove himself as a lethal forward; scoring 14 goals in the Finnish top division.
The Nigeria international is, however, keen to export his trade to other recognised leagues to among other things play his way back to the Super Eagles.
At the moment, it is understood that Salami is attracting interest from Germany and Turkey where a handful of Nigerians players in the national team are also playing.
Wilfred Ndidi (KRC Genk)
Already dubbed as one of the worst kept secrets in football, the Nigerian international is set for a January move to the EPL where reigning champions are believed to have wrapped up a deal for the action-packed midfielder.
The Foxes have agreed a £15 million fee for Ndidi, who can play in central defence, right-back and in midfield and his unveiling should be sooner rather later.
Efe Ambrose (Celtic)
If there is one player that has been counting down to January, it should be Nigerian defender Efe Ambrose who has been going through a nightmare at Celtic in recent times.
Formerly seen as one of the top guns under former boss Neil Lennon, Ambrose with his well-documented costly errors is now a laughing stock and has been reduced to a training material with no appearances whatsoever for his team.
Ambrose, who joined Celtic from Israeli club Ashdod in 2012, could now be heading to the Championship in England or Marseille among other rumored destinations.
There are strong indications that Emenike will be returning to Russia where Capital-based clubs, Spartak and Lokomotiv Moscow, are believed to be interested in at least a loan deal.
The former Nigeria international is not particularly having it rosy at his Turkish club and is favourably disposed to going to Russia where he enjoys better followership among the fans.
After emerging as one of the top performers in the Nigeria domestic league last season, it is expected that the Enugu Rangers star would sign for a foreign club this January.
A move to Tunisian giants, Etoile du Sahel, in January is a huge possibility even though discussions are currently on hold due to monetary disagreements between Rangers and the Tunisian club.
Dele Alampasu (Cesarense)
It was reported that Dele Alampasu wants out last week and his agent confirmed it. Alampasu wants a bigger stage for his fast growing career and – despite good performances in his last three games – still looks set for the exit door from his Portuguese third division side Cesarense. Two teams in the Slovakian top division and one the Norwegian league have reportedly opened discussion with his parent club, Feriense.
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