Saudi Arabia Pro League club, Al Hilal, are monitoring the situation of forgotten Super Eagles man Anthony Nwakaeme at current club Trabzonspor.
Nwakaeme led the Black Sea Storm to their first title in 38 years with his 11 goals and 10 assists in the league. The former Hapoel Be'er Sheva man has become a cult hero in the seven years he has been at the Turkish Super Lig club, earning himself a statue at the entrance to the club's home ground.
However, Nwakaeme may not be at the club to help them defend their title next season because of a contract dispute with the Trabzonspor management. His current contract runs out in the summer and the club are not willing to offer the 33-year-old what he wants in their offer of extension.
Fenerbahce have stepped in and have started discussions with the player and now, reports claim that Al Hilal are ready to throw their hat into the ring for Nwakaeme also.
The Saudi giants, who already employ Odion Ighalo, are willing to offer Nwakaeme a big payday as they look for a dominant strikeforce ahead of their new season.
Meanwhile, another forgotten Super Eagles man, Belgian-born Cyriel Dessers, has expressed joy at leading Feyenoord to their first European final in over 20 years.
Dessers joined Feyenoord on a season-long loan from KRC Genk and has been one of the revelations of the season for the Eredivisie side. His 10 goals in the UEFA European Conference League has sent the club to the final of the maiden edition of the competition.
Dessers was elated in his post-match interview after their final ticket was confirmed. “We showed that it’s not just about good football; we can also battle for a result,” he said.
“Who would have thought at the beginning of the season that we would reach a European final? This is amazing. It still hasn’t sunk in.
“To get a result in an intimidating stadium like this is incredible. We gave away very few chances, so we deserve this. We’re going to Tirana. We’re in the final!”
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