Victor Osimhen won't rule out transfer, Newcastle want him

Lille's Victor Osimhen celebrates after scoring goal during the Ligue 1 match between Lille OSC and AS Saint-Etienne at Stade Pierre Mauroy on August 28, 2019 in Lille, France.

Newcastle United reportedly want Lille striker Victor Osimhen.

Victor Osimhen of Lille OSC in action during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Valencia CF and Lille OSC at Estadio Mestalla on November 05, 2019 in Valencia, Spain.

Lille striker Victor Osimhen has told Soccernet in Nigeria that he will 'not object' if the club choose to sell him amid links to Newcastle United.

Osimhen, 20, was a hot young prospect when Wolfsburg signed him in 2017, but he only ever made 14 appearances for the Bundesliga side.

The Nigerian was loaned out to Charleroi in Belgium last season, and he put himself in the shop window with a prolific season, smashing 20 goals in 36 games.

 

When Lille sold Rafael Leao to AC Milan, they needed to find a new striker, and decided to go for Osimhen in a decision which now looks like a masterstroke.

Osimhen has hit nine goals in 17 outings for Lille, with two of those coming in the Champions League having made an instant impression with the French side.

That has unsurprisingly sparked new interest, with The Chronicle reporting that Newcastle United are keen to bring Osimhen to St James' Park to bolster their attack.

Victor Osimhen of Lille OSC celebrates his side's first goal during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Valencia CF and Lille OSC at Estadio Mestalla on November 5, 2019 in...

Now, Osimhen has admitted that it's 'great' to see big clubs interested in him, but he is happy to go along with the club's wishes in terms of a transfer, suggesting he won't object to a move away, even if he's living beyond his dreams with Lille right now.

“If big clubs look at me, it’s great for me. But I am well in Lille,” said Osimhen. “The club will decide if I stay or leave. I will not object. Playing in one of the biggest clubs in France, playing the Champions League, I dreamed without ever thinking that it would happen. Today is [important to] me and I must [live] in the present. I have to go as far as possible.”

“I’ve always been ready to take the stage… I had confidence in myself and the experiences in Wolfsburg and Charleroi helped me. The most important thing was to play fast,” he added.

Lille's Victor Osimhen celebrates after scoring goal during the Ligue 1 match between Lille OSC and AS Saint-Etienne at Stade Pierre Mauroy on August 28, 2019 in Lille, France.

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