SUPER Eagles skipper Ahmed Musa is set to sign a contract with English Premier league side West Bromwich Albion (WBA) over the coming week after him impressed manager Sam Allardyce with his fitness in training.
Over the last few weeks, Mr Allardyce has indicated that he wants Musa to strengthen his attack as part of his plans to avoid relegation this season. It was expected that by now, Musa would have undergone a medical at the Hawthornes and be expecting his clearance from the British Home Office but this has not been possible as the player has been unavailable.
A fir goal World Cup hero, Musa, 28, had been in Nigeria during the coronavirus lockdown and was unable to get out due to travel restrictions. Over the last few days, however, he arrived at the Hawthornes where he has been undergoing trials and Mr Allardyce is said to be happy enough with his fitness to offer the striker a contract.
Musa arrived in the UK on Tuesday morning but the scheduled tests were delayed because the Baggies were involved in Premier League action against Sheffield United. After the game, however, Musa passed an in-depth fitness test conducted by the WBA sports science and performance team at in Walsall yesterday, paving the way for him to thrash out a deal with the club.
Tony Harris, Musa’s agent, is proposing a short-term deal with the possibility of extension at the end of the 2020/21 season. Although Musa has been inactive for club and country since November 17, 2020, he is in tip-top condition because he does not smoke, drink or party in clubs and was training on his own in Nigeria before leaving.
Musa was on the radar of clubs based in Saudi Arabia, China, Mexico, Turkey and Russia but chose West Brom because he wants to prove himself again in the English Premier League. In July 2016, Musa was Leicester City’s record signing when he moved to the Foxes from CSKA Moscow.