Pre-season is now in full flow, and clubs are looking to get their transfer business done ahead of their respective leagues resuming.
Fans love to hear about the rumours of big-money signings. It shows ambition, and brings excitement that your club can attract the best players.
Yet it is not all about the most expensive players as there are some absolute bargains to be had elsewhere. And when we say bargains, we mean freebies….players who don’t actually have contracts or any cost attached to them!
Here’s eight such Nigerian players who could be rather handy and cost you diddly squat..
8. Aaron Samuel
Having moved from club to club across a variety of countries, he is now looking for a new club.
Samuel does offer quality on the pitch, scoring 55 goals at club level. He is 27 and perhaps a gamble worth taking.
7. John Chubuike
A fast, diminutive, and agile forward, who is quick on the ball, Chubuike is primarily known for his outstanding pace, mobility, and athleticism as a footballer, as well as his striking power, strength, and his elevation. He does possess positive attributes though.
Chihuike may still have a couple of good years left in the game.
6. Ighodaro Osaguona
Ighodaro tried his best at Al Shorta. The former Rangers man is looking for his next move. At the age of 30, it is fair to assume that he is currently at his peak. As he is available on a free, expect someone to snap him up before too long.
5. Chidiebere Nwakali
Nwakali has struggled at club level. However, one thing is for certain: he is supremely talented.
Last season he played just two games for Tuzlaspor. Now he is seeking a new challenge and he will surely receive an offer before the window shuts.
4. Daniel Chima
It didn’t look good for Chima. He scored 3 goals in the 2020/21 campaign, but Taizhou Yuanda couldn’t beat the drop.
In the last two seasons, Chima has netted 18 goals for Heilongjiang Ice City and Taizhou respectively.
His next career move is crucial. The forward is 30 and needs to hit the ground running when he finds a club. He has proved that he can do it before and will hope that he can produce at the top level again.
3. Godfrey Oboabona
Oboabona showed that he is not getting things right after moving to Dinamo Batumi last season. He played just 11 games.
Will his level have dropped that much in one season? That remains to be seen, but Oboabona has experience on his side, and will believe that he can get back to his best. He may get the chance to prove it next season.
2. Fanendo Adi
Adi is 30. However, he does not appear to be done just yet. The striker has just started his career. This shows that he has plenty still to offer.
The experience that he brings with him after stints at Trencin, Portland Timbers, Copenhagen, Cincinnati and Columbus Crew. Adi would be invaluable for any side. Expect him to get another move in the coming weeks
1. Obafemi Martins
Martins did not make too much of an impact in his short spell at Wuhan Zall, netting just one goal in six matches.
That does not make him a poor player. He has shown his class over the years for clubs Iike Inter Milan, Seattle Sounders and Shanghai Shenhua.
Now approaching his 37th birthday, Martins is coming towards the end of his career, yet his pace could entice clubs to make a move to acquire his services.