The transfer coast appears to be getting clearer for Nigeria’s Victor Moses. West Brom have said that they are hoping to push ahead with a loan deal for the player who failed to tie down a regular shirt with Liverpool following the loan deal from Chelsea.
The Baggies were first linked with the 23-year-old last month but now want to conclude a deal with the start of the campaign just three weeks away.
Moses, 23, endured a disappointing campaign on-loan at Liverpool last year and failed to re-launch his career in the fashion he desired. The attacker was also in the World Cup team for Nigeria in Brazil but could not also show the kind of sparkle he showed when he appeared with the team at the 2013 Africa Nations Cup. He won the cup with Nigeria in the competition held in South Africa.
However, the Baggies Technical Director Terry Burton has installed the Nigeria international as the leading candidate to play on the club’s flanks.
Moses joined Chelsea for £9m in 2012 but has never managed to recapture the form that saw scores of scouts flocking to watch him at Wigan. Moses and his Nigerian teammate Mikel Obi were left out of the Chelsea pre-season tour of Europe. Even though watchers of the market suggested it meant they were no longer needed, Mikel’s agent John Shittu claimed he was given time off to rest after the Brazil 2014 as the Super Eagles made it into the second round. A temporary switch to the Midlands could ignite his career; however, the Baggies are also monitoring Middlesbrough’s Albert Adomah and free agent Jobi McAnuff, if they fail to get their primary target.
Also as the scouts moved around the market, Burnley have shown interest in Efe Ambrose. The Clarets are looking to bring 25-year-old Celtic defender to Turf Moor if media reports in The Mail on Sunday are true. He was part of the Nigeria team that reached the last 16 of the World Cup after which it seems clubs began to take note.
Leicester and Crystal Palace were both linked with Ambrose earlier in the summer but their interest in the 6”3 defender now appears to have cooled according to the Mail, leaving the door open for the Clarets to step in and make an enquiry.
Ambrose joined Scottish Premier League club, Celtic from Israeli Premier League club FC Ashdod on transfer deadline day in the summer of 2012, signing a three-year contract.
Brown Ideye has enjoyed the biggest move so far of all Nigerian players with his £10m transfer to West Brom.