Top 4 Nigeria World Cup stars set for Premier League moves

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Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City have all been linked with some of the Super Eagles’ biggest names ahead of Nigeria vs Iran at the World Cup.

The World Cup is now in full swing, with this Monday’s matches offering up the first glimpses of Germany and Portugal in Brazil.

But rather than focus on that headline-grabbing pair, we’ve put together a top four involving some of the brightest talents currently turning out for the day’s other big team in action: Nigeria.

Boasting the kind of players linked with big money moves to the Premier League, check out four of the biggest and best below.

Efe Ambrose - Celtic

A star for Celtic both domestically and in Europe, the 25-year-old defender will have plenty of suitors when he finally decides to quit Parkhead, having previously been the subject of some interest from Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion last January.

“The English Premier League is a well-celebrated and followed league back home in Africa.” Ambrose told the Daily Record last season. “It has attracted a lot of big players, and I wouldn’t mind playing there at some point.” An impressive showing for Nigeria at the World Cup could prompt a move down south sooner, rather than later.

Uche Nwofor – Heerenveen

Arsenal, Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur have all been linked with moves for highly-rated young forward Uche Nwofor, who previously shone for the Super Eagles Under-20 team at the 2011 African Youth Championship and the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Colombia.

A work in progress, Nwofor has still made an impressive start to his full international career with Nigeria, scoring three goals in six outings for the African side, including a notable equaliser late on in a 2-2 friendly draw with Scotland. Currently based in Holland, he could be heading to the UK soon.

Ogenyi Onazi – Lazio

An eye-catching showing at the 2009 Under-17 World Cup brought Onazi to the attention of Serie A giants Lazio, with the Nigerian central midfielder excelling over the last two seasons with the club, helping his side to a Coppa Italia final victory over cross-town rivals Roma last term.

Liverpool have already been linked with a move for the player, who has made no secret of his desire to move to England, telling FourFourTwo magazine in June that: “The Premier League is the best in the world; it’s more organized, and everything there is perfect - it is the best place to improve.”

Emmanuel Emenike – Fenerbahce

Last summer Emmanuel Emenike was the toast of the town, having impressed for Nigeria in their 2013 African Cup of Nations success and the subsequent Confederations Cup campaign. Then of Spartak Moscow, the forward was thought to be a transfer target for Manchester City.

But rather than move to the Premier League, the 27-year-old opted for Turkey where, despite a return of 12 goals in 28 games, he is thought to be considering his options. The Citizens could rekindle their interest, but only if Emenike performs in Brazil.

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