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Nigerian midfielder signs for Stoke City ahead of World Cup

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 02: Oghenekaro Etebo of Nigeria during the International Friendly match between England and Nigeria at Wembley Stadium on June 2, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Oghenekaro Etebo

Catherine Ivill

Stoke City’s fight to make their Premier League hiatus just one year under Gary Rowett will include at least one new player from a World Cup roster.

Nigeria center midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo, 22, is headed to the bet365 Stadium from Feirense for about $8.5 million.

Etebo played 14 times on loan for Las Palmas last season and was one of the La Liga side’s top performers.

[ MORE: Nigeria’s World Cup preview ]

Stoke CEO Tony Scholes was humbled by Etebo’s choice, via StokeCityFC.com:

“I’m particularly pleased that he took the time to look beyond our current league status and understand who we are as a club before choosing us ahead of current Premier League and Bundesliga clubs.”

Etebo is the second Nigerian international to make a move to England this season, with defender Leon Balogun moving from Mainz to Brighton and Hove Albion.

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