Former Super Eagles invitee, Uche Agbo was at the head of summer transfer deadline day deals involving Nigeria players across Europe, as he made a switch from Standard Liege of Belgium on loan to Sporting Braga of Portugal.
While Agbo’s latest move adds to several loan deals from Udinese of Italy to Granada of Spain and Watford of England, there were full transfers for Stefano Chuka Okaka, Kelechi Nwakali and Aminu Umar, as well as loans for Nnamdi Oforboh, Kingsley Michael and Sylvester Igbonu.
Agbo moves in a loan agreement valid for one season, with an option to buy included in the contract, as the midfielder-cum-defender eventually dropped a bid by KAA Gent of Belgium, after his spell last time out at Rayo Vallecano of Spain in the second half of the past season.
While Agbo reunites with Ricardo Sá Pinto, who coached him at Standard Liege during the 2017-18 season, it was also a story of returning to familiar terrain in Turkey for Aminu Umar, who put pen to paper on a three-and-half year deal with Rizespor, which he previously played for on loan from Osmanlispor last season.
In Italy, Serie B club, Spezia also loaned out Theophilus Awua to Serie C side Bari for the new 2019-2020 season, while Stefano Okaka moved in a full transfer, after signing a contract for three seasons from Watford to Udinese, where he spent the second half of last season.
In Switzerland, Tosin Aiyegun moved from FK Ventspils to Swiss Super League side, FC Zurich, after the young striker penned a four-year deal until the end of the 2022-2023 season, while the big deal in Croatia sees Jerry Mbakogu join NK Osijek on a two-year deal.
The 26-year-old Mbakogu was released by Padova of Italy at the end of the 2018-19 campaign, despite being one of the star players in the Italian Serie B and was linked with a move to Leeds United of England.
Mbakogu, who had a point been targeted by Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp during his days at Borussia Dortmund, had 42 goals and 27 assists in 152 appearances in the Serie B, he
The power-playing forward, who was recently granted Italian citizenship, though he was born in Lagos, has also played for Krylia Sovetov of Russia as well as Scorzè Peseggia, Palermo, Juve Stabia, Carpi and Padova in Italy.
In England, Josh Emmanuel has signed a contract with League One side Bolton Wanderers until the end of the season after departing Ipswich Town, while League Two outfit, Bradford City got Aramide Oteh on a season-long loan from Queens Park Rangers, with a similar deal taking Nnamdi Ofoborh from Bournemouth to Wycombe Wanderers.
Also in England, Accrington Stanley completed the signing of fast-rising defender, Ajibola Alese from West Ham United, until January 2, 2020 in a bid for the England youth international to get a dose of first team football with the EFL League One club.
The 18-year-old Alese has started and gone the distance in all the matches contested by West Ham in this season’s Premier League 2 and made his debut for the U18s while still a schoolboy.