Nigeria international Joel Obi moves to Chievo Verona having spent three years at Torino.
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According to Toro.it, there had already been an approach during the January transfer window and Obi is not considered a first choice by Coach Walter Mazzarri.
Reports claimed that the Premier League side are interested in signing the Nigerian international as they look to strengthen their squad during the summer transfer window.
The Super Eagles were lethargic in the first half against England, which saw Coach Gernot Rohr hurl off five players: Ogenyi Onazi, Joel Obi, Shehu Abdullahi, Leon Balogun and Shehu Abdullahi
Both players were not listed in the Super Eagles one-all draw against DR Congo at the Adokie Amasiaemeka Stadium in Port Harcourt, Rivers State last week
The names of the players that made the list were posted on the official national team Twitter handle: @NGSuperEagles
Yusuf told the News Agency of Nigeria he was making his declaration on the basis of the fact that the Italy-based striker has had impressive appearances for his club.
In the end, the Derby della Madonnina ended in a deserved draw, although a point did little to help either side as they continue to lag behind their expectations this season and behind the top six in Serie A
The 22-year-old, currently at Parma on a season loan, is owned by Inter Milan and is unlikely to command a place in Walter Mazzarri’s first-team plans in the 2014-15 campaign
“Firstly I want to thank God Almighty for helping me to see through the process of my recovery from the injury that has stopped me from playing for my club and country for some time now,” said Obi
It was reported that Newcastle and Sunderland were both been linked with the 22-year-old and although the Nigerian international’s agent was not naming names, he claimed there are Premier League sides interested
Pedulla’s words: “We are looking at the possibility of bringing Joel to Parma. He is a delight to watch and we believe in his ability to transform our fortune in the Serie A and other competitions we would be participating in
“Although I couldn’t get him on telephone so I contacted Team Secretary, Dayo Enebi, and he gave me Coach’s (Keshi’s) telephone number and we discussed
The player is particularly happy that he has a brighter chance of getting involved in Nigeria’s battle for one of the tickets for the 2014 World Cup, which is getting to a final crescendo with the final group F match against Malawi in Nigeria on September 5, 2013
The Nigerian international was last week linked with a move to Sunderland FC in the English Premier League as it was gathered that the club’s gaffer, Paulo Di Canio, is trusting Obi to bring stead into the club’s midfield
Angeloni, a former Inter’s chief scout, is believed to be behind the revival of interest in Obi. The Nigerian international is a favourite of Premier League managers and has been linked with Everton and Tottenham in the past
The player however happily disclosed that he is slowly recuperating from the injury that has deprived him of first team appearance for his club and country