Gbolahan Salami completes Red Star Belgrade loan switch

Red Star Belgrade has snapped the services of the Warri Wolves striker on a loan with an option for permanent deal after his exploits for the Super Eagles and the Seasiders
Nigeria striker Gbolahan Salami has joined Serbian club Redstar Belgrade from Nigeria Professional League side Warri Wolves on loan for the remainder of the season.

The 23-year-old, who completed his loan deal with an option for permanent switch expressed delight with the switch after being handed jersey number 11.

"All will soon be taken care of, I want to play in the Stars, and this is most important. I feel happy here and I truly believe that I made the right choice," the striker was quoted by Novosti.rs.

The newspaper also quoted staff as saying that the club does not sign permanent contracts with African players until they have proven their fitness during loan spells.

Salami, who joined the Seasiders from Shooting Stars in 2014 netted 17 goals and helped Warri Wolves qualify for the 2015 Caf Confederation Cup as they finished third in the league.

While requesting for confirmation from Warri Wolves, media officer Moses Etu told Goal that since Salami only came on loan last season, they are unable to speak on his new contract.

The former Shooting Stars attacker is widely considered as a potential replacement for compatriot Adeola Dauda who had completed a switch to Dutch side Vitesse last summer.

The recently-married NPFL star nicked the best home-based Super Eagles player award for 2014 at the League Bloggers Awards after his exploits at the South Africa 2014 African Nations Championship where he scored against Mali.

The new Red-Whites recruit also starred in Nigeria's botched 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series by scoring in the 3-2 loss to Congo as a late substitute in Calabar.