Nigerian and Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo is reportedly close to joining Turkish football giants Besiktas on loan for next season.
Chelsea signed Omeruo from Liège in January, 2012 and immediately loaned him out to Eredivisie club ADO Den Haag. In May 2014 Nigeria World Cup-bound Omeruo agreed a new three-year contract with Chelsea.
According to reports in Turkey, an agreement has been reached between the two clubs and the confirmation is only a matter of time. The player is apparently in Istanbul right now and will sign a contract with the Turkish club soon. Earlier this week, there was claims that Chelsea have offered the player to Besiktas on loan although the club isn’t the only Turkish side interested in his signatures.
The 22-year-old defender’s wonderful performance last season while on loan at Kasimpasa has added more to his ratings, arousing interests from many other clubs. He made 25 league appearances for Kasimpasa last season, who finished 12th in the Turkish top flight.
Omeruo is yet to make a first team appearance for the Blues and has spent most of his time out on loan at ADO Den Haag and Middlesbrough.
Reports say Besiktas have been looking at centre backs this summer and were linked with a move for the Liverpool centre back Martin Skrtel.
The tall and strong Nigerian center-back played for Nigeria’s Under-20 team that reached the quarter-finals at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia.
At the age of 19 on January 9, 2013 Omeruo made his national team debut in a goalless draw against Cape Verde. He then went on to play in all of Nigeria’s matches at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations as Nigeria went on to win the competition for the third time with late Stephen Keshi as coach.
Image: Kenneth Omeruo
Later that year he was selected for Nigeria’s squad at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and played in all of the three group games as Nigeria finished third in their group.
Omeuro was named in Nigeria’s final squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and started in all four games as Nigeria finished second in their group and were eliminated by France at the Round of 16.
He was selected by Nigeria for their 35-man provisional squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics.