"Everyone knows" - Danish giants declare interest in 19-year-old Ighalo replacement

FC Copenhagen have publicly declared interest in a Nigerian wonderkid who was to replace Odion Ighalo in the Super Eagles squad had CAF not declined.

Akinkunmi Amoo of Hammarby

Danish giants, FC Copenhagen, have made no secret of their keen interest in Nigerian wonderkid, Akinkunmi Amoo.

The player was to slot in as replacement for the absent Odion Ighalo at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations, but the offer was reportedly declined by CAF.

Only 19, Amoo represented Nigeria at the U17 World Cup in Brazil where scored once for the Eaglets. 

He has been a revelation since joining Hammarby, scoring 13 goals and providing 6 assists in all competitions in the just concluded Swedish football season. 

Copenhagen are ahead in an extensive list of clubs interested in the winger including Rangers, Leicester City, and Ajax. 

However, the Danish club are most likely to secure a transfer due to the good relations and language similarities between nations. 

Also, the high ranking status, visibility and significant gametime afforded to youngsters by Copenhagen would appeal more to Amoo.

According to a reports from Danish tabloid, BT, Copenhagen are trying to iron out some details in the background before tabling a concrete bid but there is optimism from both parties. 

Peter Christiansen, sports director for Copenhagen, remained tight-lipped but admitted to monitoring the player:

"He is a player that everyone knows," he told BT Sport, Denmark

Jesper Jansson, sports director for Hammarby, was more expressive and was open to a bid:

"I have also heard the rumors, but I have not heard anything directly from them. I have only heard that they should be interested through agents," he said to BT. 

Recall that ZonalSports earlier covered in an exclusive coverage that Amoo had verbally informed the club on his wish to leave in January.

Hammarby would be willing to let go of their prized asset for a fee between 3.5 - 4 million euros. 

Who is Akinkunmi Amoo?

Born June 7, 2002, in the western region of Nigeria, Amoo grew up in the country's largest city of Ibadan in Oyo state.

His skill sets were first honed in Brightville Academy in Ibadan, before he left his hometown to Lagos-based Sidos FC, to further develop as a player. 

From here, he was picked to represent Nigeria's Golden Eaglets at the 2019 U-17 World Cup In Brazil where he caught the eye of international scouts.

Hammarby would need both a one-on-one video call from Swedish legend, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, as well as a €200,000 fee to Sidos to fend off Milan and Monaco approaches.

To this day, the player cherishes his conversation with the former Barcelona, Manchester United, PSG, and Inter striker,

"It was incredible. I was very impressed and happy. Zlatan is an incredible football player, whom I look at as a god, but above all he is a very nice person," Amoo told SportExpressen.

"I usually hear that I play like Leo Messi, so I'm sometimes called Little Messi. He is my role model as a footballer."

Amoo was nominated for the Swedish Allsvenskan young player of the year.