Transfer News: John Ogu Close To Denizlispor Move

Nigerian international John Ogu could soon swell the ranks of Nigerians in Turkey with reports suggesting the midfielder is on the verge of joining Turkish Super Lig side Denizlispor.

The 32-year-old free agent has been without a club since he left Saudi side Al-Adalh FC early last year.

Reports, however, claim negotiations between Ogu and Denizlispor are at an advanced stage with the midfielder set to sign the dotted lines in the coming days.

It is believed club manager Yalcin Kosukavak has identified the former Hapoel Beer Sheva stalwart as the man to help Denizlispor beat the drop this season.

Denizlispor finished in 14th-place last season in their first season back in the top-flight following nine years in the second-tier but find themselves at risk of relegation this season after a poor start that saw Croat Robert Prosinečki sacked as manager in November.

The club which plays its home matches at the 19,500 capacity Denizli Atatürk Stadium have won just three games all season and currently sit 20th in the 21 team log after 17 games with 14 points, five from safety.

With four teams getting relegated, Denizlispor would hope the deal, should it pull through, will help them preserve their top-flight status.

If the move materialises, Ogu will join fellow Nigerians including Galatasaray’s Oghenekaro Etebo, Istanbul Başakşehir’s Azubuike Ikechukwu and Sivasspor’s Kayode Olarenwaju in Turkey’s top-flight.

Prior to moving to Saudi Arabia in 2019, Ogu spent five years with Israeli side Hapoel Beer Sheva for whom he played 193 games, scoring 18 goals and setting up another 10 in all competitions.

He has played 22 times for the Super Eagles and was part of the squad that finished in third place at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.