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Chukwueze, Onuachu likely to join Eagles EPL legion

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Jul 21, 2021



THE number of Super Eagles players in the English Premier League may likely rise to 10 following the interest of English clubs in more Nigerian footballers.

Oghenekaro Etebo and Emmanuel Dennis signed for Watford this summer, while Frank Onyeka joined Brentford on Tuesday, increasing the number of Eagles players in the EPL to eight.

William Troost-Ekong and Isaac Success were promoted to the EPL with Watford, while Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester), Alex Iwobi (Everton) remained at their clubs from last season.

According to reports, Samuel Chukwueze, Paul Onuachu and Sadiq Umar are being targeted by clubs in the EPL.

While Onuachu was banging in goals for Belgian side Genk last season, there were reports that Arsenal were interested in him, an interest which has since cooled off.

Watford Observer, however, reported earlier this month that Watford – which already has five Nigerian-born players – have shown interest in the 27-year-old.

Chukwueze is also on the radar of Everton as new manager Rafael Benitez looks for a replacement for James Rodriguez, who is reportedly interested in leaving the club.

According to The Athletic, Everton are monitoring the Nigerian forward, who has previously been linked with both Manchester United and Liverpool.

Reports also claim Manchester City are interested in coughing out €30m for Umar, who scored 20 league goals for Almeria in the Spanish second tier last season.

If their moves to the EPL materialise, the Eagles will continue their dominance of Africans in the league.

With eight players in the EPL in the 2020/21 season, the Eagles had the highest minutes played by an African country and the 12th in the world with 11,441 minutes, ahead of Senegal with 11,324 minutes played.

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