Nigerian international lands in London ahead of move to Watford

A 17-cap Nigerian international has agreed a move to English side Watford, subject to medical.

Wilfred Ndidi, Kenneth Omeruo, Ahmed Musa, Henry Onyekuru, Samuel Kalu in Nigerian kits at the beach

Watford have reached an agreement with French side, Bordeaux, to permanently acquire the services of Nigerian winger, Samuel Kalu. 

The 24-year-old has also agreed personal terms with the Hornets and is expected to undergo a medical today after which he will sign a 4-and-a-half year contract. 

The move is good riddance for the French club as they have tried shifting Kalu on several occasions in the past two years. 

Since his move in 2018, the Nigerian has scored only 10 goals, flattering to deceive in the majority of his 86 appearances for the club. 

Capped 17 times by Nigeria, Kalu began his European football journey at AS Trencin in Slovakia before moving to Gent in Belgium where he posted considerably good numbers in the two seasons at the club. 

However he has so far failed to replicate this form in the French Ligue 1, plateauing at a tally of 4 goals in his best season. 

Injuries and inconsistencies have plagued his career so far, with a possible underlying heart issue postulated when he collapsed against Marseille in August last year. However, the episode was confirmed by doctors as a reaction to heat stroke.

The agreed fee is reported to be at around 3.5 million euros, a loss of 5 million from the 8.5 million euros Bordeaux paid to Gent in 2018.

However, the French club will be getting his mammoth annual wage of 1.02 million euros and will be saving 1.5 million, as his contract would have run until June 2023.

Kalu will be joining a large contingency of Nigerians at Watford including Maduka Okoye, Emmanuel Dennis, Peter Etebo, Troost-Ekong and Tom Dele-Bashiru. 

Watford are currently deep in a relegation scrap, sitting just one point above the red zone. 

Kalu is not the only Nigerian transfer-listed by Les Girondis, as they are also looking to let go of Josh Maja who shone in the Premier League last season with Fulham.

Brest have registered interest in the player but no party wants to sign the 23-year-old permanently. 

ZonalSports can exclusively report that Josh Maja is homesick and is desperate to return to his country of birth even in a lower division.