Nigerian Striker Terem Moffi has reportedly secured a move to Nice after he underwent a medical at OGC Nice ahead of his €30m transfer from French Ligue 1 side Lorient on the final day of the January transfer, reports PUNCH Sports Extra.
This comes after Nice made a seventh offer to Lorient for the Nigerian international who missed training on Monday after being left out of Lorient’s 2-1 win over Rennes last Friday, a move that sparked rumors of his imminent departure from the club.
Nice had been in a battle with Premier League teams West Ham United, Southampton, Bournemouth and Ligue 1 rivals Olympique Marseille over the transfer of the 23-year-old, who has scored 12 goals in 18 appearances. from Ligue 1.
French journalist Saber Desfarges tweeted on Monday: “Medical visit in progress for Terem Moffi, a step away from OGC Nice.”
Another journalist @AntoineGegat also tweeted a photo of the Nigerian at Lorient airport before his departure for Nice and wrote: “The Nigerian striker is flying to Nice where he will sign for the club tomorrow (today). End of a story of two and a half seasons, with 35 goals in 90 games for Merlus”.
Joining Nice had been a priority for Moffi, who turned down a move to Marseille and also turned down a move to West Ham, who are currently struggling in the Premier League.
The Hammers had offered £20m plus £5m in add-ons for the Nigerian, but the striker had opted not to move to the Premier League but to continue his development in France.
Lorient had held on to his €30m valuation of the player, which proved too much for both the Saints and the Clarets.
With the deal completed, he reportedly ends a fruitful two-and-a-half-year spell at Lorient, where he scored 35 goals in 90 games for Les Merlus.
Moffi will also become the fifth Nigerian to play for Nice after Jero Shakpore, Victor Agali, Onyekachi Apam and Nduka Ozokwo.