TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY
By Duro Ikhazuagbe
Contrary to speculations about the future of Super Eagles midfielder, Oghenekaro Etebor, THISDAY scooped yesterday that his Portuguese, Primeira Liga club, Feirense, has released the Delta-born player on season long loan deal to Spanish La Liga strugglers Las Palmas.
Etebor, 22, left Portugal yesterday to afternoon for the Island based Las Palmas to bring some sort of relief to under-fire Las Manager Paco Jemez.
Chairman of Feirense, Kunle Soname, confirmed the loan deal with Las Palmas to THISDAY yesterday at his Surulere office.
Soname who is also the financier of former Nigeria topflight club, Remo Stars FC of Sagamu, however admitted that Feirense agreed to the loan deal to help Etebor’s aspiration of making Super Eagles final 23-man squad to the World Cup in Russia later this year.
“We have agreed a loan deal with Las Palmas. We want to help Karo (Etebor) achieve his ambition of making the Super Eagles team to the World Cup in Russia. We know he is going to be fired up when Las Palmas takes on top teams like Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico in the La Liga. We know his quality and what he is capable of doing to showcase his talent,” observed the club proprietor who is also chairman of Bet9ja sports betting company.
Before Etebor’s release on loan to struggling Las Palmas yesterday the local media here was awash with speculations of the former Warri Wolves star teaming up with Porto. But THISDAY learnt that the deal did not pull through because Porto did not meet up with the €10m release clause on the player’s contract.
Also, Etebor was linked with a move to Wilfred Ndidi’s former Belgian side Genk as well as Fenerbahce in Turkey and English Premier League club, Leicester City.
Etebor became hot cake after helping Nigeria win bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
He however dropped in Eagles pecking order following the arrival of Wilfred Ndidi. Ndidi’s solid form for both Leicester and Nigeria ensured that Eagles coaches began to over look Etebor.
This perhaps may have informed why he opted for the La Liga team against the advise of his agent who wanted the money Genk is willing to splash on him to move to the Jupiler league in Belgium.