Stoke City join race for Nigeria World Cup star Babatunde

The Super Eagles midfielder has attracted plenty of interest, from the Premier League and Europe, since helping the reigning African champions reach the last-16 of the World Cup
By Shemmy Sholabomi

Stoke City are the latest club to express an interest in Nigeria World Cup revelation Michael Babatunde.

The 21-year-old impressed against Bosnia-Herzegovina and set up Ahmed Musa’s first goal against Argentina before a hand injury curtailed his involvement in Brazil as the Super Eagles reached the second round.

The Volyn Lutsk midfielder has been linked with several clubs since the end of the tournament, but Goal understands the Potters hope to convince the Nigerian to move to the Britannia Stadium through compatriot Peter Odemwingie.

"It is true that Stoke City have made enquiries about Michael Babatunde and they have been calling for some days now," the player’s agent, Nureni Makanjuola, told Goal.

"But nothing has been agreed on. There are other clubs from other parts of Europe that have been showing interest in the player to join them. We will make it public when we decide on where the player will go eventually."

Babatunde has also admitted interest from Sunderland in the past few days: "They have contacted my agent, and we will see how it goes from there," he told SL10.

"There are about two offers from clubs in Turkey as well, which are both under consideration and will be discussed at the right time."