Nosa Igiebor has been unveiled by Real Betis having completed his signing from Israeli side, Hapoel Tel Aviv in 1.1 million euros deal and becomes the only Nigerian plying his trade in Spain's top football division.
Ikechukwu Uche is at relegated Villarreal in the Segunda while Odion Ighalo has returned to Udinese, from which he came on loan to Granada.
So Igiebor, who capatained the Olympic U-23 team signed a four-year deal with the option of an additional season is a good developmental for the skillful midfielder.
The 21-year old midfielder passed his medical on Saturday after playing for Hapoel in the Europa League last Thursday.
“Nosa Igiebor has signed his contract this morning [Friday] as a new player of Real Betis. The Nigerian midfielder will be linked to the club for the next four seasons plus optional,” the club’s official website said.
"Tomorrow [Saturday] he will be submitted to relevant medical examination, and that will effectively close for the transfer.
“Nosa's [Igiebor’s] arrival takes place after having clarified the misunderstandings caused by the long chains of intermediation existing in the transfer operations.
“Real Betis especially appreciated the huge interest shown by the player to play for the club,” the site added.
He celebrated that signing by been named amongst nine Europe-based players that have been invited to join up with the national team under Coach Stephen Keshi for the first leg Nations Cup qualifier against Liberia next month.
Igiebor has two caps for the Super Eagles but both came in friendlies against Zambia and Botswana, where he came on as a substitute.