A return to top form by Kenneth Omeruo at this year’s World Cup has suddenly opened him up to frenetic transfer interest, with KAA Gent of Belgium now said to be in the race for his signature.
Omeruo had a stillborn spell at Standard Liege of Belgium before shooting to prominence with the Super Eagles, but could be headed back to the same country this summer, if Gent continue their move to maintain their uncanny tradition of signing Nigerian players.
Gent have of recent lined out a handful of Nigerian stars, William Troost-Ekong, Samuel Kalu, Rabiu Ibrahim and Moses Simon in their past and present squads, and Omeruo may soon be the next addition to the list.
Gent have already opened talks with Omeruo over a move to the Ghelamco Arena and first approached him last month in London ahead of a friendly against England.
The club are in the market for a defensive reinforcement, after the transfers of Samuel Gigot and Stefan Mitrović to Spartak Moscow and Strasbourg respectively this summer.
Omeruo has seen his stock rise on the back of impressive displays for Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup, in which he started the Super Eagles games against Iceland and Argentina.
He underwent a trial at Standard Liege in 2011 and did well but just as they were about to wrap up the deal, the Belgian First Division A club changed coaches.
The former Sunshine Stars of Akure stopper then enjoyed loan spells at ADO Den Haag, Middlesbrough, Kasımpaşa, and Alanyaspor since joining Chelsea six years ago.
Omeruo’s popularity appears to have risen since his impressive display at Russia 2018, but Gent made their first approach for him last month in London, on the sidelines of Nigeria’s friendly against England.