After months of transfer speculation surrounding Nigerian international Sadiq Umar, the Almeria striker has finally sealed the long-awaited move to another Spanish club, Real Sociedad. PUNCH Sports Extra reports.
According to transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano, Almeria and Sociedad have concluded negotiations for the former Roma striker for a transfer fee of around €20 million.
The 25-year-old is expected to travel to the Basque Country for his medical, before putting pen to paper to sign a long-term contract and be revealed as a new Sociedad player.
“Umar Sadiq to Real Sociedad, closed the deal as expected. Negotiations have been completed for around €20 million – he will soon be traveling for medical tests,” Romano tweeted.
The departure of Swedish striker Alexander Isak to Newcastle, the English Premier League, played a big part in Sadiq’s move to the Basque club as they saw the Nigerian international as a perfect replacement.
The former Almeria striker is sought after by several clubs in Spain, including Villarreal, Sevilla and Getafe.
Sadiq has become a fan favorite in Almeria and played a key role as the Rojiblancos promoted to the top division after eight years of questions as Segunda Division champions.
During his stint with the club, the Nigerian scored 39 goals in 76 LaLiga 2 appearances, with 19 assists.
The Super Eagles striker could make his Los Txuri-Urdin, as they are affectionately known, debut when they host Atletico Madrid on matchday 4 of LaLiga on Saturday.
Sadiq has got off to a flying start in the top division, with two goals from three matches in the competition and hopes to lead Sociedad to success in their quest to win the Europa League.