Late last month, it was reported Newcastle were interested in Nigerian international Victor Osimhen. The 20-year-old has been superb for Lille this season after joining them this summer from Belgian club Charleroi.
He has bagged 9 goals in 17 appearances for the Ligue 1 club, including 2 goals in the Champions League. Osimhen has also started to bang them in for Nigeria as well scoring 4 goals in his last 5 international appearances.
Recently, the striker was linked with some of Europe’s elite clubs like Bayern Munich and AC Milan. These links made any move for the player by Newcastle seem like a pipe dream.
There is a new report out of France that new Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho is now considering a move for the Lille striker.
The report, from France’s Jeunes Footeux, claims that Jose Mourinho is looking at both Osimhen and another 20-year-old in Boubakary Soumare. Soumare is out of contract in the summer and is often compared to a young Paul Pogba.
Mourinho just recruited two members of Lille’s backroom staff, Joao Sacramento and Nuno Santos, to join him at Spurs, so he has connections to the two players.
However, Lille are reportedly not too happy that Mourinho has pilfered two members of their coaching staff so a move for Osimhen might meet stiff resistance.
With both assistants wanting to team up with Mourinho in the Premier League, Lille’s president ultimately let the two coaches leave. While Osimhen is likely priced out of a move to Newcastle, it will be interesting to see if Mourinho can convince Lille to part with their star striker.