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Basaksehir signs former U-23 captain Azubuike Okechukwu

Azubuike Okechukwu

Turkish Super Lig leaders Istanbul Basaksehir have signed former Nigeria Under-23 captain Azubuike Okechukwu on a permanent deal.

Azubuike, 23, joined the Istanbul-based outfit last summer on a season-long loan deal from Egyptian side Pyramids FC with an option to make the deal permanent at the end of the season.

The club have now exercised the option by tying the Nigerian Midfielder to a new three-year deal till 2023 after agreeing a fee with pyramids earlier this month.

The transfer fee paid by Basaksehir to pyramids is said to be worth over €1m with add-ons taking it up to €1.5m.

Azubuike who has previously played for Yeni malatyasor and Caykur Rizespor in Turkey’s elite division has featured in 31 matches for Basaksehir in all competitions this season.

Okechukwu Azubuike is poised to land the first league title of his club career this season as Basaksehir sit four points clear of second-placed Trabzonspor on top of the Turkish Super Lig table.

A win for Okan Buruk’s men at home to Kayserispor on Sunday will effectively seal Basaksehir’s first ever league title with one game to go.


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