Friday, January 05, 2007

Oliech Could Be Headed To The Prem

News reaching this blog indicates that ex-Kamu High protégé Dennis Oliech just might be headed to the English Premiership. According to Oliech’s agent, Jean-Christophe Thouvenel, the 20 year old striker could be making a move across the channel to England’s biggest sports league once the January transfer window opens. Thouvenel did not divulge information as to which English premiership clubs may want the striker, but sources close to the striker confirm to us that Sheffield United could be the team that might be getting his signature.

Sheffield United recently armed manager Neil Warnock’s war chest with US$ 9.75m (KShs. 682.5m) for the January transfer window and he’s already admitted that he’s looking for two foreign stars to bolster his attack. In addition, Sheffield United have made eight players available for transfer in January, and a further available for loan. These include Ade Akinbiyi, Paul Ifill, Steve Kabba, Li Tie, Geoff Horsfield, Chris Lucketti, Alan Wright, Neil Shipperley and David Unsworth. This should bring in some more funds for the club and create openings for 1 or 2 strikers. Already, Neil Warnock has expressed his desire to bring in some real quality this month, and has his mind set on a striker and a creative midfielder. Speaking to the Sheffield Star, Warnock said, “Because we've been doing well I'm now looking to bring in one or two players of real quality. Definitely a striker and probably a creative midfielder as well.' Although Warnock has admitted to looking abroad for this new talent, he has also emphasised the need to keep the balance right in the squad. He further added, “I'd like to strike a happy medium between English and overseas players, but we're looking to Africa, Europe and elsewhere.” It definitely looks like Neil Warnock and Oliech’s agent Thouvenel could be sipping for a cuppa tea in the next few weeks.

Oliech’s options are still open as French clubs Sochaux and RC Lens have also expressed interested for East Africa’s most expensive player. While FC Nantes interim coach George Eo may not see much use for Oliech in his current squad, the striker scored a goal in Nantes’ 4 -0 thrashing of Toulouse in the year’s last game on December 23rd. Seems George Eo was wrong about Oliech after all, and it might be too late for Nantes to hold on to the star striker.

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