Nigeria’s player Oghenekaro Etebo (8) celebrates the team’s third goal against Japan during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games men’s First Round Group B football match Nigeria vs Japan, at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus on August 4, 2016. RAPHAEL ALVES / AFP
English Premier League clubs, Arsenal and Leicester could go head-to-head for talented Super Eagles star, Oghenekaro Etebo during the January transfer window.
The two Premier League clubs dispatched scouts to watch the 21-year-old Nigerian international in action for Portuguese side Feirense in their 1-1 draw with Porto in the Taça da Liga on Thursday, December 29, 2016.
Etebo made global headlines at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) during the summer when he became the first player in 44 years to score four goals in an Olympic fixture in Nigeria’s thrilling 5-4 win over Japan.
His rising stock also saw him claim African football’s Most Promising Talent award in 2015 in which he has the chance to defend this year.
However his talent is not going unnoticed across Europe with British tabloid, The Sun reporting that AS Monaco and Serie A side Atalanta are also tracking his progress.
Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has dropped little hints over his plans during the transfer window but could be looking to build towards the future with an eye on Red Bull Salzburg wonderkid Dayotchanculle Upamecano.
Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri is wasting no time in a bid to bolster his squad to avoid an unexpected relegation dogfight. The Foxes are set to splash the cash on midfielder Wilfred Ndidi from Genk having had an £18 million deal accepted.
Etebo has scored once in 10 appearances for across all competitions for Feirense this season.