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Innocent Emeghara was linked with Newcastle United and Tottenham before sealing a switch to Major League Soccer – he’s now starting to show why.

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, striker Innocent Emeghara long dreamt of becoming a Premier League footballer.

Having moved to Switzerland at the age of 13, the attacker rose through the ranks at Swiss side Winterthur before moving on to Grasshoppers.

Spells at Lorient in France and Siena in Italy soon had the striker earmarked as a star in the making.

So when his Serie A employers went into liquidation, Newcastle were among those keen on the forward with the NUFC Blog citing a report from the Daily Mail claiming the Toon were considering a loan move for the goalscorer.

They were not alone either, with All Nigeria Soccer among those to claim Tottenham and West Ham were also weighing up bids for the 25-year-old, who had impressed most notably during the latter stages of his time with Siena in Italy.

Emeghara, meanwhile, was making no secret of his desire to move to England.

"I am a free agent and I am currently in England to talk to several interested parties," he told Sky Sports.

"It has been a dream of mine to play in England as I believe English football is the best in the world and I feel my game suits playing in England.”

In the end, however, there would be no fairytale move to the Premier League or even the Championship, with Emeghara instead took the unusual step of heading to the Azerbaijan Premier League.

Signed by Qarabag at the start of the current domestic campaign, with his new team the reigning league champions, the Nigerian managed a creditable five goals in eight outings.

But after struggling to settle in Eastern Europe, Emeghara opted to move away from the club and at one point looked close to sealing a move to Hamburg having spent time on trial there, appearing in a friendly against Manchester City.

In the end, however, the striker headed Stateside, signing as the designated player for San Jose Earthquakes on what will likely be a bumper contract.

Still relatively young, the Nigerian may not have yet given up hope of moving to the Premier League either, and on the basis of a fine solo goal against Seattle Sounders this past weekend, looks like he could prove effective in the Premier League.

A fast, strong striker who has already adapted to several major domestic leagues on the continent, Emeghara would prove a welcome addition to the likes of Newcastle and Tottenham, with both teams currently short of viable, goalscoring options in the final third.

With the Toon likely to jettison Emmanuel Riviere and Facundo Ferreyra in the summer and Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor seemingly surplus to requirements at Spurs, Major League Soccer’s new flavour of the month could one be worth keeping close tabs on.

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