Fanendo Adi’s representatives in showdown talks with Portland Timbers over Tigres interest

The Nigeria striker has caught the eye of many clubs over the summer due to his impressive form and is looking to make a move in order to bolster his national team chances

Fanendo Adi and his representatives are set for showdown talks with Portland Timbers over his future as a potential move to Mexican side Tigres has opened up for him, Goal has learnt exclusively.

The 25-year-old striker has been in impressive form for the Timbers, notching nine goals in 15 appearances this season after helping them to win the 2015 MLS Cup, the club’s first major title.

However, the lure of international football with Nigeria is set to push him out of the MLS in search of a more competitive league where he can hold down a Super Eagles place after getting his first invitation in March.

Apart from Tigres, Premier League side Crystal Palace, Scottish sides Rangers and Celtic as well as Gent of Belgium have all been reported to be interested in the big striker.

The player’s representatives have told Goal that it is important to make a move at the moment as they head into a key meeting with the Timbers board on Monday.

“All these teams are highly interested in Fanendo and as we know offers are now pouring in for him due to his nine goals from 15 games for the Timbers,” a source close to the player told Goal.

“I personally think he needs to move to another league as he will get the necessary exposure and quickly return to the national team again as staying in the MLS too long hampers his chances of being in the Super Eagles, which is the desire of every player who plays at the top level.

“He has an offer and a very concrete one at that, the club needs to understand it's the player’s future and his family.”

Despite signing a three-year contract extension with the Timbers in March, Adi’s representatives hope that the club will stick to a gentleman’s agreement to let the player leave if favourable offers come his way this summer.

The club’s participation in the Concacaf Champions League as well as his goals return in the MLS make it difficult to want to part ways with their prolific striker midway into the season.

“Tigres from Mexico have made an offer and I think Fanendo is interested because he wants to test something new and this is a big challenge for him,” said the source.

“It's hard losing your best player at this time of the season but the club promised to let him leave when he gets an offer this summer so they need to keep to their words as he has done extremely well for them.

“Fanendo wants to leave and test another league, they promised not to make anything difficult once an offer comes and now there is an offer so I expect the management not to do anything otherwise, hopefully we will resolve it today in the meeting,” he concluded.