Which top African strikers are on the market this window?

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  • Victor Osimhen of Nigeria and Napoli.Napoli.

    Victor Osimhen

    Coming to the end of his second full season at Napoli, Osimhen registered 14 goals for the Partenopei, finally beginning to realise the potential he showed in patches during his first season in southern Italy.

    The striker may not yet have proved to be value for money after Napoli parted with an initial €70 million to bring him from LOSC Lille, but they may soon be set to cash in on their asset.

    Arsenal are understood to be considering a move for the striker, who netted four in Nigeria’s recent 10-0 trouncing of Sao Tome e Principe, but could their rivals Manchester United or Tottenham Hotspur look to ambush any deal?

  • Sebastien Haller Ajax Champions League 2021-22Getty

    Sebastien Haller

    Despite being linked with a switch to join his Ajax mentor Erik ten Hag at Manchester United, it’s appearing increasingly likely that Borussia Dortmund could be Haller’s next destination.

    While Haller could be an effective Erling Haaland replacement, could Ten Hag yet tempt the Cote d’Ivoire frontman to lead the line at Old Trafford?

    After a disappointing spell in England with West Ham United, Haller may feel he still has a point to prove in the Premier League, although 21 league goals last term, as well as 11 in the Champions League may well encourage Red Devils fans to give him a chance.

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    Youssoufa Moukoko

    One player who could be going in the opposite direction from Haller is wonderkid Moukoko, whose career has slowed somewhat after he initially burst onto the scene at Borussia Dortmund.

    The Germany U-21 international—who is eligible for Cameroon—refused to commit his future to BVB when he was asked, and has made no secret of his frustration with a lack of minutes in the German top flight.

    The departure of Marco Rose may change things for Moukoko, particularly if Edin Terzic decides to make the wonderkid a big part of his plans.

    Samuel Eto’o once claimed that Moukoko is the one player Barcelona should sign to be Lionel Messi’s successor, but is it too soon for him to secure a major move?

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    Taiwo Awoniyi

    Awoniyi had been a goal-shy striker during the early days of his career, failing to hit more than five goals in any of his previous seasons in the Bundesliga or the Eredivisie.

    Last term, however, he hit the goal rush, scoring 15 for German minnows Union Berlin as they finished a remarkable fifth in the top flight and secured European football for next term.

    Predictably, the ex-Liverpool man’s goal form last term has alerted some of Europe’s biggest clubs, with Nottingham Forest understood to be favourites to snare the striker in a £17.5 million deal.

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    Amine Gouiri

    Franco-Algerian starlet Gouiri enjoyed a fine campaign with OGC Nice last term, scoring 10 goals and registering nine assists to help Le Gym to fifth.

    However, having missed out in the French Cup final, and falling short of Champions League qualification, it remains to be seen if some of the club’s bigger names might be angling for a move this summer.

    Gouiri could be one.

    He’s been tipped in some quarters as a potential successor to Karim Benzema at Real Madrid, while there are murmurs in France that Christophe Galtier—who appears to be leaving Nice for Paris Saint-Germain—is keen to take Gouiri with him.

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    Hugo Ekitike

    Franco-Cameroonian wonderkid Ekitike was in inspired form for Stade de Reims last term, marking his breakout year with 10 league goals for the former European Cup finalists.

    The youngster reportedly rejected a move to Newcastle United midway through the campaign, and Eddie Howe might be tempted to return for the striker again this window.

    Could there be interest from elsewhere in the Premier League.

    Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have both been mooted as potential destinations for a forward who, even this early in his Ligue 1 career, is being compared with Thierry Henry.