Nigerian midfielder Ogenyi Onazi could finally earn a move to England in the January transfer window, according to reports on Turkish website Sporx.
The 24-year-old was denied a work permit in the summer after Birmingham City agreed a deal to sign the player from Turkish side Trabzonspor, but whether the Blues rekindle their interest in the midfielder remains to be seen following the sacking of then manager Harry Redknapp.
However, following his latest international appearance for the African side, Sporx reports that the player has now competed in enough international fixtures to be considered for a work permit under British immigration laws.
The player is a dominating midfielder who first came to Europe with Italian side Lazio before finding his way to Turkey, but he could attract interest from English clubs in the January window following Birmingham’s failed summer move.
Whether Birmingham return for Onazi remains to be seen, with Harry Redknapp long gone from the club and new boss David Cotterill unfamiliar with the player.
Onazi was said to be devastated in the summer when his English switch fell through, and the young star is said to be extremely keen to get a move to these shores back on track.
Other clubs may look into the prospect of signing Onazi after Birmingham brought him to the attention of their rivals, but only time will tell if the player’s dreams will come true.
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