Tuesday Jun 12, 2018. 09:30
Nigerian goalkeeper Oghenekaro Etebo has signed for EFL Championship side Stoke City.
Etebo, who is part of Nigeria’s 23-man squad at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, has signed a five-year deal and joins from Portuguese side Feirense.
Etebo has been capped 14 times by the Super Eagles and made a substitute appearance in their 2-1 loss to England earlier this month. He spent the second half of last season with La Liga side Las Palmas on loan.
Stoke boss Gary Rowett said: "We're really excited to have got the deal over the line for Etebo. I'm looking forward to seeing him in a Stoke City shirt, as I'm sure our supporters are too.
"Etebo is a very mobile, energetic midfielder and he's a great age.
"He has played in the top divisions in Portugal and Spain and, of course, he's heading into the World Cup with Nigeria, which will be an amazing experience for him."
Chief executive Tony Scholes added: "We are delighted Etebo has chosen to join Stoke City, becoming our first signing of the summer.
"I'm particularly pleased that he took the time to look beyond our current league status and understand who we are as a club, before choosing us ahead of current Premier League and Bundesliga clubs."
Stoke reportedly paid a transfer fee of £6.35m for the 22-year-old, who has also represented Nigerian side Warri Wolves in his club career.