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Everton to Dole Out €5.5m For Onazi

Everton, a European club is expected to produce €5.5m if they are to purchase Super Eagles midfielder Ogenyi Onazi from Serie A club Lazio. The Toffees are reportedly close to concluding talks on the 20-year-old.

According to Mercato, Everton have already contacted Lazio regarding the Nigerian midfield international that has played nine times for Nigeria. Onazi is far from a regular for Lazio, he has made just five appearances for the club in Serie A games, but he has been a regular for them in their Europa League campaign.

With South African Daylon Claessen already on trial at Goodison Park and transfer rumours linking Everton with a summer move for Real Betis midfielder Juan Carlos in the summer, the possibility of the Africa Cup of Nations hero going to England is not being ruled out.

Meanwhile, Newcastle is hopeful of fending off interest from Arsenal to secure a summer deal for Nigeria international Godfrey Oboabona. The 23-year-old is desperate to leave current club Sunshine Stars at the end of the season, and his agent has been actively offering him around European clubs.

He already has a number of potential suitors, but was expected to undergo a trial with Arsenal last month in a bid to try and win a contract with his boyhood club.

The Gunners eventually decided against offering him a deal, yet have maintained their presence at his matches and continue to monitor his progress. Oboabona however, has 16 caps for Nigeria. Newcastle knows they face a battle with the Home Office in order to secure a work permit to wrap up the transfer.

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