By Rasaq Oboirien
Super Eagles striker Paul Onuachu has been handed an escape route to play top flight football in Europe again, after he sealed a loan move from relegated Premier League side Southampton to Turkish Super Lig outfit Trabzonspor on Monday after he passed a medical.
The Championship club confirmed his departure with an official statement, which read, Southampton Football Club can confirm striker Paul Onuachu has completed a season-long loan move to Turkish outfit Trabzonspor, subject to international clearance.
The 29-year-old has made 12 appearances for Saints following his arrival from KRC Genk in January, but has made just one substitute appearance for Russell Martin’s side in 2023/24.
Onuachu, failed to settle down at the St Mary’s Stadium, scoring no goal in his 12 Premier League appearances for them last campaign before they suffered relegation to the Championship at the end of the season.
He has made one appearance for the Saints this season, coming on in the 68th minute in their 3-1 defeat at Gillingham in the first round of the Carabao Cup.
Meanwhile, Onuachu, his pretty Ghanaian-born wife and daughter were shown love by ecstatic fans of Trabzonspor, who in their numbers mobbed their new signing at the Trabzon airport’s arrival lounge.
A delighted Onuachu told reporters at the airport,”It’s almost night time. It’s a pleasure to see so many people here. I can’t wait to start. There were stressful days during my transfer, but I’m very happy to be here. I’m here to fight for this badge. I won’t give a number about how many goals I will score. I met with our coach, and he said very nice things. I can’t wait to join the team,” he said.
However, Southampton will get €1.500.000, to be paid in two installments for the services of the Nigerian during the loan period.
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