Versatile Etebo excites Las Palmas, Success dumps Watford

Posted on Feb 1 2018 - 5:26am by admin

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Relegation-threatened Spanish La Liga outfit Las Palmas on Wednesday confirmed the signing of Super Eagles midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo from Portuguese side Feirense on loan until the end of the season.

The development came as out-of-favour Nigeria attacker  Isaac Success  returned to Spain to spend  the rest of the season with Malaga, who are rooted to the bottom of La Liga table,  on loan.  Success, who joined Watford from  Spanish side Granada for a reported fee of £12.5m in July 2016, only made one appearance for the Hornets this season, a Carabao Cup defeat to Bristol City in August.

Portuguese powerhouse  Porto reportedly won the race to sign  Etebo from  Feirense  in December  ahead   of the January transfer window but no deal was struck allegedly because  the Dragons  failed to pay  Fogaceiros’ €10m asking price for  the former Warri Wolves  player.

Wilfred Ndidi’s former   Belgian side Genk were heavily linked with a move for the box-to-box midfielder, who also attracted interest from Turkish giants  Fenerbahce  and Leicester City, but reports claimed they also baulked at Feirense’s asking price for the player, who became one of the hottest properties  in Europe  after helping Nigeria win bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Etebo  expressed his delight at  his  arrival  at the 32,400-capacity Estadio Gran Canaria  from the 5,401-capacity Estadio Marcolino de Castro after passing his medical on Tuesday.

The player, who trained with his new teammates after his unveiling, declared his readiness for Las Palmas’ La Liga fixture against Success’ new  team Malaga on Monday.

“The interest of UD Las Palmas was  key so everything is easier, in attack I can play  any position on the field,” Canarias 7 quoted him as saying.

 “Etebo arrives on loan from Club Desportivo Feirense of the First Division of Portugal,” La Palmas, who are  19th in the 20-team La Liga table,  said  on  their official  website.

“UD Las Palmas reserves the option to purchase the player. He can act as an offensive or extreme midfielder. At 22, he has already been an absolute international with Nigeria.”

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