CD Leganes of Spain defender, Kenneth Omeruo is currently out injured and not set to play again until next season but he is still attracting summer transfer attention from Spanish LaLiga rivals, Levante, who reportedly preparing a formal bid for the Super Eagles stopper, megasportsarena.com reports.
Omeruo signed a five-year contract with Leganes at the start of the season, but he has a couple of offer to leave the Madrid-based club this summer, should they be demoted from the Spanish top-flight, with additional links also coming for him from Turkey, where he played previously for Kasimpasa and Alanyaspor while on loan from Chelsea.
However, while the interested Turkish Super Lig clubs would most likely prefer a loan deal with an option for an outright purchase thereafter, the nearest option now is Levante, who are eager to buy the 26-year-old Omeruo, who suffered a hamstring injury against Sevilla last month, thereby putting an early end to his season, in which he played 23 matches and scored a goal.
Spanish sports daily, Marca disclosed that Levante are in the market for a new centre-half ahead of next season and the club that recently had fellow-Eagles’ star, Moses Simon on their cards have turned their searchlight on Omeruo.
Omeruo is now said to be top of the summer shopping list of Levante, despite having only signed permanently for Leganes last summer after initially spending time on loan from Chelsea of England; but the defender’s second season in Spain has not been as fruitful as the first was.
Although he has struggled form and battled several injuries this season, Levante appear keen to snatch the dark-skinned central defender, who Leganes coughed up €5m for and would seek to get from €10 to €11m on his likely transfer this summer.
This comes at a point startling reports revealed that Omeruo, whose current contract runs up to 2024 with Leganes, has eventually been ruled out for the remaining matches of the season, following an injury he copped two weeks ago, but his clubmate, Chidozie Awaziem is still churning out top performances in their club’s battle against relegation.
Awaziem earned accolades last weekend, after helping Leganes to a crucial victory, but reports from Leganes’ medics indicate that the season is over for Omeruo, after he suffered a hamstring injury in action for Leganes and he has been ruled out for several weeks; having last played at the end of last month when his team lost 3-0 at home to Sevilla.
In that encounter Omeruo was replaced after only seven minutes on the pitch and the 26-year-old central defender was replaced by Awaziem, in what marked a climax of a shaky season that saw the dark-skinned stopper struggling to justify the five-year contract he signed with the Madrid-based Spanish LaLiga club after a successful loan spell from Chelsea of England.
However, despite being in and out of Leganes’ matchday squad, Omeruo was still able to play 23 matches and scored a goal, but the club will now have to fight for their LaLiga survival without the Super Eagles defender available for selection.
While Omeruo was missing, though, Awaziem was in the thick of action and put up a sterling show that helped they club snatch a vital 1-0 victory over Valencia and further boosted their chances of surviving relegation.