Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Joel Matip FC Schalke 04 Bundesliga 19042015

The January transfer window is heating up nicely, and as part of our ongoing focus on potential African movers in January, we focus on 10 African youngsters who could still move this month – either on a permanent basis or in a loan deal.

Victor Osimhen: The 2015 Fifa Under-17 World Cup top scorer has been linked with several top clubs in Europe since he scored 10 goals in that competition. He was initially reported to have agreed terms with Tottenham Hotspur, then Arsenal, and later Wolfsburg. The teenage wonderkid appeared to confirm to Sportmasta after the recent Caf-Glo awards that he had settled on the German club

Thomas Teye Partey (Atletico Madrid): The 22-year-old Ghanaian is highly rated at the Vincente Calderon, but has featured sparingly for Atletico this season, so could seek a move elsewhere to gain regular playing time. He is already being tipped as a possible replacement for Victor Wanyama at Southampton, and Los Rojiblancos have also reportedly rejected a £6.5m bid from Watford. That notwithstanding, he could yet be on the move.

Mohammed Elneny (Basel): The 23-year old Egyptian has reportedly agreed terms with Arsenal. Joining the Gunners will be a massive move for the youngster. He will be expected to fill the void left by the injured Francis Coquelin. On Monday, Arsene Wenger spoke in connection with the move, saying: “I expect movement and we are positive that this week it can happen.” Only work permit issues currently stand in his way.

Josh Onomah (Tottenham Hotspur): Another youngster who could be making a loan move. He's regarded highly at White Hart Lane, but may need to make a brief move away to earn some valuable first-team football. Tottenham may feel he needs to play more regularly to build his confidence and a move away seems the easiest option.

Keita Balde (SS Lazio): The 20-year-old was linked with Liverpool last summer after Lazio made him available. Even though he has gone on to feature prominently for the Italian club so far this season, he could still be on the move this January, especially if a good bid comes in for him.

Michael Olunga (Gor Mahia): This month may be when this promising striker finally moves to a club in Europe. The 21-year-old is highly regarded and has been watched by scouts from clubs in Europe. He was previously linked with South African sides Ajax Cape Town and Bidvest Wits, but it looks like his heart is set on a move to Europe and there is interest from Sweden

Kelechi Nwakali: He was voted the MVP of the last Under-17 World Cup and is being courted by Manchester City and Arsenal. He is yet to sign for any of the clubs, but with the January transfer window still very much open, it may be the time he finally makes the big move.

Rivaldo Coetzee (Ajax Cape Town): The brilliant young defender has been repeatedly watched by scouts from European clubs and could also be on the move this month. He’s already an established international at just 19! While he is said to be comfortable at Ajax Cape Town, it is believed he will soon be joining Ajax Amsterdam and it could be as soon as this January.

Joel Matip (Schalke 04): His contract is up next summer and he has been strongly linked with Liverpool. The Reds have an injury crisis in defence, and could make an offer for the Cameroon international. He is, however, reported to want to stay until the summer, but Schalke may choose to cash in this January.

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