Campos: Lille tracked Nigeria's Osimhen for fours years

Campos: Lille tracked Nigeria's Osimhen for fours years
Lille’s Victor Osimhen celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the UEFA Champions League

by Staff Reporter

Wednesday Oct 09, 2019. 08:00

Lille OSC sporting director Luis Campos has revealed that the club tracked Victor Osimhen for four years.

The French side signed the 20-year-old striker from Belgian side Charleroi ahead of the current season.

Campos says they were impressed by the Nigeria youth international’s display at the 2015 FIFA Under-17 World Cup, but they could not afford him.

“I went to Lagos (Niger) to see the U17 World Championships. After one match I wanted him. But his price was very expensive for a 17-year-old,” Campos told Sky Sports.

“I spoke to my CEO. I called him every night saying, ‘Please give me this player, he is amazing. In two years he will be one of the best in Europe.

“In the end, the player went to Wolfsburg. I went to Wolfsburg just to see him play. Sometimes he only played for five minutes, sometimes only two. I was crazy about him,” he added.

“Then he had a virus and had five or six months not playing and went to Charleroi in Belgium. Two months later I signed him. So itʼs a nice story. I lost the player but then got him back.

Osimhen has been unstoppable for Lille scoring eight goals in 11 appearances across all competitions.

“If all is normal at the end of the season there will be a big move for him because he’s like a cat. You know, if you have a cat and give it a ball,” he added.

“Heʼs unbelievable. In the last 20 metres, he attacks every ball. Every ball. Like a cat.”

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