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Gent to cash in on out-of-favor Nigerian striker Gift Orban

Gent to cash in on out-of-favor Nigerian striker Gift Orban

Belgian side KAA Gent is open to cashing in on Nigeria international Gift Orban during the January transfer window after a move failed to materialize during the summer.

Orban, who joined Gent from Norwegian side Staebek, had a stellar debut season, scoring 20 goals in 22 games across all competitions. This impressive performance attracted interest from top European clubs, with several teams, including Tottenham Hotspur, Lille, Lens, and Fulham, submitting bids of around €25 million for the striker. However, Gent rejected these offers, holding out for a fee of €30 million.

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Orban’s form has dipped this season, with just eight goals in 18 games. He has also spent more time on the bench compared to last season, leading to friction with his manager. This situation, along with Gent’s financial needs, has made the club more open to selling Orban in the January window.

Gift Orban in action (Getty Images)

However, Gent will not let Orban leave for cheap. They are still hoping to recoup a significant fee for the striker, despite his recent struggles. 

The club’s chairman, Sam Baro, will be keen to avoid a repeat of the situation with another Nigerian international, Moses Simon who left Gent for Levante for just €3.5 million despite being valued at around €20 million due to a loss of form.

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