With less than a week to the FIFA World Cup in Russia, Super Eagles’ midfielder, Oghenekharo Etebo has become the third Russia-bound Eagle to make a move in the transfer market, joining Stoke City on a five-year deal from CD Feirense, AOIFootball.com reports.
The deal, which could be seen as a massive coup by the English side, Stoke City paid Feirense €7.2 million as the midfielder became the first signing in their bid to return to the Premier League next term.
Stoke Chief Executive, Tony Scholes, said: “We are delighted Etebo has chosen to join Stoke City, becoming our first signing of the summer.
“I’m particularly pleased that he took the time to look beyond our current league status and understand who we are as a club before choosing us ahead of current Premier League and Bundesliga clubs.”
On his part, Manager Gary Rowett said: “We’re really excited to have got the deal over the line for Etebo. I’m looking forward to seeing him in a Stoke City shirt as I’m sure our supporters are too.”
Etebo has been capped 14 times by Nigeria and came on as a substitute in last week’s friendly against England at Wembley.
The Rio 2016 star will be part of the Eagles’ squad to the World Cup. He started his career with Warri Wolves in Nigeria, joined Feirense in 2016 and made 45 league appearances, scoring seven goals.
He made 12 appearances for Las Palmas whilst on loan with the team from Gran Canaria.