The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick is making moves to lure Arsenal star Bukayo Saka to dump England for Nigeria.
Concise News understands that Saka has emerged as one of the hottest youngsters in Europe in the 2019/2020 season.
He has featured for the Gunners in the Europa League and in the English Premier League with some impressive showings.
England are monitoring the progress of the player and would want him to pledge allegiance to them after featuring at youth levels for the European side.
However, Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr said the NFF chief is doing everything possible for Saka to play for the West African side.
“I have a lot of our players that I have been watching their performances in the clubs abroad and Saka is among these players. We will bring them in gradually,” Rohr said.
“Like I said it will be difficult to sort out the eligibility status of Saka. But I am happy that the NFF President is moving ahead to get the wing attacker for us”, Rohr said.
Saka had recently declared that he is a Nigerian and not a British-Nigerian when he was asked about his status.
The West Africans had recently lost Chelsea star Tammy Abraham to England with Fikayo Tomori set to made his debut for the Three Lions.
Nigeria Not In Plans
In a related development, Tomori who is of Nigeria descent has said playing for the Super Eagles was not in his initial plan.
Tomori who is born in Canada to Nigerian parents was eligible to play for the West African nations but opted to feature for England after Garry Southgate called him up last month.
The 21-year-old did not feature in any of the two matches played by the Three Lions and has said he thought about the national team he would play with for over one year.
”I just wanted to go as far as I can and that also involves playing for the national team. ”It was a difficult choice for me,” he told Omasport.
“It was something I had to think about for a year or two and I was previously at the U-21 Euros, so I wasn’t thinking too far ahead, but then there was a lot of talk and questions and I had to make a decision.
”England called me up in September, and I didn’t get a call up from anyone when they called me up, it was hard to say no to them.”
The Canada-born star admitted his love for the Nigerian culture, saying he is very proud of it.
”I enjoy Nigerian music, I’m Nigerian, it’s my culture and I’m very proud of it. I enjoy the food too -pounded yam and Jollof especially,” he added.