Top Five: Nigerians who need a move during the transfer window

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  1. Victor Moses - Inter Milan
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    Victor Moses

    The Chelsea loanee’s time at Serie A club Inter Milan comes to an end on August 31, when he’s due to return to West London to play under former teammate Frank Lampard.

    However, the Nerazzurri can still make the ex-Nigeria star’s move permanent owing to their option to buy clause inserted in the loan deal.

    Chances of this are slim given Antonio Conte’s array of options at right wing-back, with Morocco wideman Achraf Hakimi due to be first-choice in that position next season.

    If Moses returns to Cobham, he’s probably not going to be more than a squad option, considering Lampard’s array of players on the flanks.

    The former Super Eagle winger’s contract doesn’t expire until 2021, so he could choose to move on another loan for the final year of his deal or seek a permanent, more long-term transfer from the club he joined in 2012.

  2. Kenneth Omeruo_Leganes
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    Kenneth Omeruo

    With Leganes’ relegation from La Liga, Omeruo would hugely benefit from a move away to keep him in the top five leagues, thus staying in the spotlight.

    With Leon Balogun’s renaissance at first Wigan Athletic and now Rangers, and Semi Ajayi’s rise to prominence in the last 12-to-18 months, the former Chelsea centre-back needs to play at the top level to retain his place in Gernot Rohr’s thinking as international football is due to return in 2020/21.

  3. Oghenekaro Etebo - Getafe
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    Oghenekaro Etebo

    It was a quite mysterious 2019/20 for Etebo.

    The energetic midfield man left for Getafe on loan at the turn of the year when he was arguably on his best run for Stoke City and he then departed Spain just when it looked like he was settling into Jose Bordalas’ team.

    While a lot has been made of a potential link-up with compatriot Mikel John Obi in the Potteries, Etebo will be better-served playing in Europe’s top five leagues, as there’s a feeling playing in the Championship presents few benefits for the 24-year-old.

  4. Henry Onyekuru - Monaco 2019-20
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    Henry Onyekuru

    The promising forward had a torrid 19/20 campaign, first at Monaco and on a loan deal to Galatasaray.

    Having moved permanently from Everton last summer, the inside forward had little impact in the first-half of the Ligue 1 campaign (two starts in four appearances), which led to a return to the then-Turkish champions.

    However, Onyekuru couldn’t quite make the same impact for Fatih Terim’s side, scoring once in 10 appearances (eight starts), as his return was marred by a failure to convert presentable chances.

    Nico Kovac’s appointment by Monaco promised a new lease of life but an underwhelming first 45 minutes on the opening day draw with Stade de Reims saw the Nigeria man withdrawn at the interval.

    It remains to be seen what the future holds for the attacker at Stade Louis II and he may have to move away temporarily in order to rediscover that form that made Everton spend in 2017 after a breakout season with Eupen.

  5. Bobby Adekanye
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    Bobby Adekanye

    While Bobby’s first goal for Lazio against SPAL in February, on only his third league appearance, made Nigerians aware of the 21-year-old, he has slipped under the radar in the last few months, probably due to the pandemic but mostly due to his lack of games.

    The statistics show that Adekanye made 11 Serie A appearances last season, however, the former Liverpool youngster started none in his first year under Simone Inzaghi.

    If a greater first-team role can’t be guaranteed this season, the youngster may require a short-term spell away from Stadio Olimpico to prevent his development from stalling.