Onazi Says 10 Clubs Want His Signature

Nigeria international midfielder Ogenyi Onazi has claimed that not less than 10 clubs are interested in his penmanship.

The Super Eagles ace, 22, was heavily linked with a move to the English Premier League, with Liverpool and West Ham United reported to be among the front-runners for his services.

Onazi, who joined Lazio in 2011, signed an improved four-year deal in September which includes a €10m release clause. But having racked up just 568 minutes of first-team appearances this season with an assist in 14 Serie A matches, talks of a move away from Naples continues to drag on.

Ogenyi Onazi Played in all of Nigeria's Matches at the Fifa World Cup in Brazil.
Ogenyi Onazi Played in all of Nigeria’s Matches at the Fifa World Cup in Brazil.

“I was approached by more than 10 clubs, but I am a Lazio player,” he told World Soccer Magazine. “I’m still young, I want to grow and play in European competitions. In life you have to take one step at a time.”

Onazi has 26 Nigeria caps and has been invited for next week’s international friendly with Uganda, as well as subsequent game away in South Africa on Sunday, 29 March.