Udinese of Italy have welcomed William Troost-Ekong in a shock summer transfer deal from Bursaspor of Turkey, following an agreement they reached with the Super Eagles defender.
Troost-Ekong is bound to become the next Nigerian to seal a deal in Italy this summer, and would end up playing this season with the Udine-based club that once had on their cards the duo of Isaac Success and Odion Jude Ighalo.
The Holland-born defender, who turns 25 next month, agreed transfer terms with Udinese on Wednesday.
This comes after Troost-Ekong, who previously played for Tottenham Hotspur of England, Groningen and Dordrecht of Holland, as well as Haugesund of Norway and KAA Gent of Belgium, moved to Bursaspor for €1m only a year ago.
Troost-Ekong played for Holland at youth levels, but eventually switched to Nigeria for senior activities, and has been capped 24 times with Super Eagles, for who he starred in all their three matches at this year’s World Cup in Russia.
In his days at Bursaspor, Troost-Ekong made 33 appearances and scored two goals for the Turkish Super Lig club, who showed no reluctance to let him go when Udinese made a bid of €3.3m for the mulatto defender.
Bursaspor announced his departure with a farewell message on the club’s official Twitter handle, stating: “Thank you @WTroostEkong.”