By Abiodun Adewale.
French clubs Olympique Marseille and Lorient have verbally agreed on the transfer of Nigerian striker Terem Moffi, which would include Senegalese forward Bamba Dieng going in the opposite direction, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.
It is reported that the deal could reach €18m, including bonuses plus the sale of Bamba Dieng, valued at around €5m.
There are still a few technical details to be settled on the bonuses, which Marseille would like to link to their qualification for the Champions League, or on the staggering terms of payment.
It is also understood that another French club OG Nice also want the Nigerian forward.
Moffi has been linked with a move away from Lorient for a while now, with recent reports suggesting that English club, West Ham United, have paid a reported £21m for the striker.
Before West Ham came into the picture, the player was also a subject of interest from Southampton, who were willing to make a January offer to lure the Nigerian from France until they had a £15m bid rejected by Lorient.
The Nigerian striker has been in fine form for the French outfit this season and has scored 12 goals in 18 Ligue 1 games, making him the division’s joint-second-top scorer with Lille’s Jonathan David, and six goals behind Paris Saint-Germain star and 2022 World Cup Golden Boot winner Kylian Mbappe.
A physical, fast and powerful forward, Moffi scored 35 goals in 90 games since his arrival in Brittany two years ago for an €8m fee.