Onazi To Join Championship Side Birmingham

Birmingham manager Harry Redknapp says the club are close to signing midfielder Ogenyi Onazi from  Turkish Super Lig outfit Trabzonspor, Skysports reports.

Reports in Turkey say a £4m fee has been agreed, and the player is due to fly to the Midlands to undergo a medical.

The 24-year-old, who helped Nigeria win joined Trabzonspor from Lazio last summer and made 32 league appearances scoring two goals.

Reports in Italy say  Championship   side Birmingham have also made a £7m bid for Torino midfielder Afriyie Acquah. Redknapp says he is keen on the Ghanaian, but won’t sign him as well as Onazi.

“You’ve got to see what you can get really” Redknapp told Skysports.

“If you can get them both you’ve got to make a decision, if you can only get one you take him, but if you can’t get any…you just pray…I don’t know where you go, but we’re trying to get them in.”

Birmingham have also agreed a deal to sell defender Ryan Shotton to Middlesbrough, but he won’t be allowed to leave until a replacement centre back has been signed.

BeinSportsTR also reported that Trabzonspor had agreed to sell  Onazi, who represented Nigeria at the 2014 World Cup  in Brazil, to Birmingham.

Milliyet reported that  Trabzonspor would inform the Turkish stock market about the details of the transfer.

Trabzonspor signed Onazi from Lazio  for a reported fee of €3.5m, but the Nigerian wants to leave because of financial issues between him and the club.

After the signing of Juraj Kucka, Onazi’s position in the first team is under threat and Trabzonspor are willing to offload him to Birmingham.

Onazi has also been linked with a move to Crystal Palace, but it seems Birmingham have won the race for the player.

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