Olympic Eagles recent hero, Victor Oshimen has confirmed reports linking him with French Ligue One side, Lille OSC.
In recent times, the Sporting Charleroi forward has been linked to several top European clubs after he recorded the fastest goal in Belgian club football history in their 3-2 loss to Antwerp in the Europa League playoffs as his side failed to pick a UEFA Europa League spot for next season.
He also recorded 20 goals – his highest goal tally since his arrival in Europe – while providing four assists.
In Nigeria’s crucial return U-23 AFCON Qualifier fixture against Libya, Oshimen redeemed the Dream Team’s hope of progressing to the final round of the Qualifiers as his hat-trick and an additional goal by Uche Okereke helped the Olympic Team at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba cancel their first leg 2-0 loss at the Bengerdan Stadium, Tunisia.
Speculations have increased about his future with Charleroi and the possibility of the 20-year-old moving away from Belgium after he recently got shortlisted by Nigeria’s Super Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr in his 25-man squad list for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt this year.
According to Tribalsports.net, Oshimen confirmed Vincent Enyeama’s former club Lille is interested in acquiring his services.
“I am aware that Lille is in contact with my team and I think it is possible for me to sign for them but I don’t know yet but the news going around that Lille wants me is so real and for me I think it is important for me that these big clubs want my signature,” he revealed.
The 20-year-old, who is currently in the Super Eagles camp in Asaba ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, is confident his representatives can handle offers from clubs interested in securing his signature while he focuses on making the final 23-man squad and represent Nigeria in Egypt.
“I had a very good season with Charleroi and now I am with the Super Eagles for the AFCON and I just want to focus on the eagles as my representatives are handling my future,” Osimhen stated.
Loaned from Wolfsburg, Oshimen permanently put pen to paper for the Belgian outfit last month after Charleroi activated a €3.5m option to purchase the player outright from his former club and according to France Football are likely to ask for a sum in the region of €10m from Lille who are in dire need of a replacement for outgoing Ivorian attacker Nicolas Pépé.