Top 10 Nigerian players' transfer that happened before deadline day

Top 10 Nigerian players' transfer that happened before deadline day

- Here are top ten Nigerian players that moved from one club to another as the 2018-19 season across Europe kick off this weekend

This summer's transfer window is gradually winding across top European Leagues this summer as clubs still has until August 31st to land the player of their choice.

Though, Premier League players can no longer buy players as their window to sign new player closed on Thursday, August 9.

However, before the window shut earlier this week, some Nigerian players were able to move in and out of the English topflight.

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In view of this, is taking a look at top ten Nigerian players that joined new clubs since this summer's transfer window opened.

1. Ahmed Musa €16,50 million

The 25-year-old had an impressive performance for the Super Eagles as he scored two fantastic goals to help coach Gernot Rohr's men beat Iceland at the group stage.

He spent the second half of the 2017-18 season at CSKA Moscow - scoring 11 goals in 17 matches for the Russian side.

2. Oghenekaro Etebo €7,20 million

The 2016 Rio Olympics bronze medal winner joined the championship side from Portuguese topflight side CD Feirence on a five year deal valued around €8m.

He kicked off his professional career at Nigerian League side Warri Wolves before making the move to Portugal in January 2016.

The 22-year-old scored seven goals in all competitions for his former club after which he joined relegated Las Palmas on loan for the rest of the 2017-18 season.

3. Leon Balogun free transfer

The German born Nigeria international joined Kelechi Iheanacho, Victor Moses and Wilfred Ndidi in the Premier League this summer.

He signed a two year deal with Brighton & Hove Albion after spending three seasons at his former club, Mainz 05.

Having spent almost all his career at his country of birth, Balogun scored just once in 52 appearances while doing his defensive job for the Bundesliga side.

The former Darmstadt 98 defender also featured for the Super Eagles at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and had a very good game for the team.

4. Tyronne Ebuehi free transfer

Born in the Netherlands 22 years ago but chose to represent Nigeria at the senior level and was part of coach Gernot Rohr's team to Russia.

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He is part of the early movers when the transfer window opened as he sealed a five year deal with Benfica in an undisclosed fee.

Known for his flair and mobility, Ebuehi played a pivotal role in helping Nigeria conquer Iceland in their second group encounter at the World Cup.

The 22-year-old spent the last four years at Dutch league side, ADO Den Haag and scored just once in in 78 appearances for them.

5. Bryan Idowu free transfer

The 26-year-old left full back joined Lokomotiv Moscow in a three year deal from fellow Russia side Amkar Perm after seeing out his contract with the club.

He made his debut for the Super Eagles in 2017 and played an important role in their campaign at the Russia 2018 World Cup - though they crashed out early in the tournament.

Idowu scored once in 87 appearances in all competitions for his former side and enjoyed tremendous growth while playing for them.

6. Moses Simon €5 million

The attacker joined Spanish League outfit Levante on a five year deal from Belgium Premier League side KAA Gent.

His World Cup chances were ruined by a disappointing injury but still managed to move to the Spanish League this summer.

He scored 21 goals in 108 appearances for the Belgian side during his three year reign at the club before seeking a fresh start with the Spanish League side.

7. Sadiq Umar loan deal

The Nigeria U23 striker joined Scottish League side Rangers on a season long loan move from his parent club AS Roma this summer.

He has spent the last two seasons of his career on loan at top European clubs and this season is no different.

Umar, who won the bronze medal with Samson Siasia's tutored side in Brazil two years back joined Roma from Spezia in 2016.

8. Chuba Akpom €1 million

The former England youth player is one of the players Unia Emery shipped out of the Emirates Stadium this summer.

He joined Greek League side PAOK Thessaloniki in a three year deal valued around €1 million earlier this month.

The 22-year-old graduated from the Gunners academy but never got the chance to represent the north Londoners at the senior level as he has been sent on loan from 2013 till the period he was sold this transfer window.

Akpom has represented England at the various age grade competitions but yet to commit his international future to either Nigeria or the English team.

9. Taiwo Awoniyi on loan

The 2013 FIFA U17 World Cup winning striker has been sent on a season long loan deal to Belgian League side KAA Gent.

He recently signed a contract extension with his parent club Liverpool before embarking on another loan spell.

10. Kelechi Nwakali loan deal

The Arsenal midfielder is currently on loan at Portuguese Premier League side Porto until the end of the 2018-19 season.

He led the Nigeria U17 national team to their 5th FIFA U17 World Cup in 2015 and a year later, he joined the Emirates Stadium outfit.

However, he has spent the last two seasons away from the north London side - spending the last season at Dutch side MVV Maastricht.

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