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Nwakali Might Not Be Last New Face In Dons boss McInnes

Dons boss Derek McInnes has refused to rule out more January transfer window signings after landing Manchester City’s Chidiebere Nwakali.

Nwakali was dubbed the Nigerian Neymar when he helped Nigeria win the FIFA U17 World Cup in 2013.

The player has joined Aberdeen on loan from the Premier League leaders until the end of the season.

The midfielder hopes to use his time at the Dons to push himself into contention for the Nigerian squad for the World Cup this summer.

Nwakali met up with the Dons squad in the United Arab Emirates and is set to make his debut in a friendly against Uzbekistan’s Lokomotiv Tashkent on Sunday.

He is the second winter window signing following the return of winger McGinn on a long-term deal until 2021.

And McInnes confirmed there could be more before the window slams shut.

He said: “January can maybe throw up different options for you.

“If we felt there was an option out there that could help us with the challenges ahead for the season then we would look at that.

“However, January is a difficult month to bring in exactly what you want.

“I am happy with the numbers in the squad and Greg Tansey left (on loan to Ross County), so we brought one in.”

With the capture of Nwakali, boss McInnes moved quickly to replace summer signing Tansey who moved to the Staggies on loan until the end of the season.

Nwakali was recently on loan at Norwegian top-flight side Sogndal Fotball and also spent loan spells with Start (Norway) and Malaga B (Spain).

He has yet to feature competitively for runaway Premiership leaders Manchester City but did sign a contract extension with his parent club last summer.

Nwakali jetted out on a separate flight to the Reds squad and met up with them on the first day of the training camp as the deal was pushed through.

It is a welcome return to the United Arab Emirates for Nwakali as it was here that he lifted the U17 World Cup.

The midfielder won the U17 World Cup in 2013 (3-0 win over Mexico in the final) and aims to use Pittodrie to catapult him to the World Cup in Russia.

McInnes said: “Manchester City has been keen for players to come to Aberdeen and develop their game with us.

“This is one we have been working on the last couple of months and I’m delighted to get it done.

“Chidi is hoping to make the Nigerian World Cup squad.”

With the loan addition of Nwakali, boss McInnes has moved quickly to replace summer signing Greg Tansey who has joined Ross County on loan until the end of the season.

Tansey was initially scheduled to jet out to Dubai but that was put on ice.

McInnes hopes Tansey, who has struggled with groin injuries and had surgery in September, can get regular game time in Dingwall before assessing the situation at the end of the campaign.

He said: “They made an inquiry and it was something Greg wanted to do.

“So we allowed that to happen.

“In fairness to Greg he has had one or two little groin issues going on.

“He had that operation but actually felt it three weeks after signing.

“Greg tried to persevere with it, and then got the operation, but there were one or two complications after it.

“So hopefully he can get a clean bill of health and play some games at Ross County to get himself up to speed.

“With Greg moving on it gave us that option if we wanted to add to anything in January.

“Greg’s loan is until the end of the season so we will look at things again comes then.”


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