UAE 2013 FIFA U17 World Cup-winning Golden Eaglets midfielder, Chidiuebere Nwakali is facing a work permit hurdle in his hope of joining Scottish Premiership side, Aberdeen.
In spite of initial reports on Wednesday that The Dons are close to completing the signing of Nwakali on loan for rest of the season, the switch is set to face the stiff test of work permit regulations.
With Nwakali yet to get a senior cap with Nigeria, despite his inclusion in the Super Eagles’ squad that beat Argentina 4-2 last November, his chances of getting a work permit to play in Scotland appear very slim.
An updated report out of Scotland revealed on Thursday that final confirmation of Nwakali’s arrival is subject to the issue of a work permit.
However, if Nwakali is able to scale the steep hurdle, he will become Aberdeen’s second signing of the January transfer window after the return of Niall McGinn.
The 21-year-old Nwakali is a Manchester City player who has had loan spells at FC Sogndal and IK Start in Norway. He has linked up with Aberdeen on their winter-break to Dubai, according to Scottish newspaper the Daily Record.
Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes was also delighted to have the former Nigerian U17 and U20 player.