Moses Simon Becomes First Nigerian To Complete Transfer For Next Season

Moses Simon has reportedly signed permanently with Nantes after the French Ligue 1 club activated the €5m clause required to turn his loan deal permanent.

Simon joined Les Canaries on a season-long loan deal from Spanish side Levante last summer but has impressed enough to sign a deal till 2024 according to reports by French publication GFFN.

Simon’s deal reportedly required him to hit a ten-goal target for Nantes before the option-to-buy clause is triggered but he only managed nine goals and eight assists before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The decision to end the season early means Simon was robbed of the opportunity to meet the target but manager Christian Goucuurff took the plunge nonetheless having been enamoured with the Nigerian’s performances throughout the season.

There are suggestions that Les Canaries moved fast to secure the Super Eagles star to ward off potential suitors given Simon’s electrifying performances this season.

Despite acquiring him permanently, it is understood that Nantes could cash in on the Nigerian if they receive a mouth-watering offer for the 24-year-old. 

Such a move would mirror Simon’s international teammate Victor Osimhen who left Sporting Charleroi for Lille last summer despite signing permanently with the Belgian side following the end of his loan from Wolfsburg.