English Premiership

Lille receive offer for Liverpool and Manchester United target Osimhen

Victor Osimhen (Getty Images)
Victor Osimhen (Getty Images)

An unnamed club have reportedly tabled a bid to sign Lille striker Victor Osimhen, who has been linked with Liverpool and Manchester United.

Osimhen has attracted interest throughout Europe after scoring 18 goals in 38 appearances during his breakthrough season in France.

The 21-year-old sat joint-fourth in the Ligue Un goalscoring charts, level with Neymar, before the season was curtailed due to the global pandemic.

Osimhen had impressed enough to be named as a 'priority' target for Man Utd this summer, while Inter Milan are among the continental clubs keeping a watchful eye on developments.

Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham have all also been linked but are unlikely to have been behind the reported £75m bid Lille have received for the Nigerian.

French outlet Telefoot suggest an unnamed side has completely ignored the fact that literally no-one has any money by bidding for Osimhen's services.

Liverpool are almost certain not to be the club in question after it emerged that they were planning for a second successive summer of no major signings due to the current financial situation.

The Reds had hoped to pursue Timo Werner and Houssem Aouar of Leipzig and Lyon respectively, but are now 'budgeting for the loss of income' and 'now look virtually certain' to spend nothing.

United can also perhaps be ruled out due to Ed Woodward's recent comments concerning the transfer window.

Odion Ighalo believes his compatriot is "the future of Nigerian football" who "has that lion's heart".

"I talk to Osimhen, he's a very nice boy, young, he's a good guy," Ighalo told Elegbete TV last month.

"We talk, not almost every day, but almost every time I advise him.

"He's the future, he's going to do so well in football. I always advise him to keep calm, keep working hard and the guy is going to be a celebrity, you know.

"I love him, I just want him to keep working hard the way he's doing, he's going to break so many records in Europe and Nigeria."

- TEAMtalk media

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Fixtures
Mon 30 Nov 20 19:30 PM (SAST)
Leicester City
Fulham
King Power Stadium
Mon 30 Nov 20 22:00 PM (SAST)
West Ham United
Aston Villa
London Stadium
Fri 04 Dec 20 22:00 PM (SAST)
Aston Villa
Newcastle United
Villa Park
Results
Sun 29 Nov 20
Arsenal 1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2
Sun 29 Nov 20
Chelsea 0
Tottenham Hotspur 0
Sun 29 Nov 20
Southampton 2
Manchester United 3
Logs
Team
P
W
PTS
1. Tottenham Hotspur
10
6
21
2. Liverpool
10
6
21
3. Chelsea
10
5
19
4. Leicester City
9
6
18