Terem Moffi arrives at Nice after a good start to the season with Lorient. Photo: SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP/File
Source: AFP

Nigerian international striker Terem Moffi has joined Nice from French Ligue 1 rivals Lorient, the club announced Tuesday on the last day of the January transfer window.

Moffi, 23, has signed for Nice initially on loan until the end of the season when the loan will become final with the striker signing a contract until 2027.

Different sources say Nice will pay a fee of 25 million euros ($27.1 million) plus a possible 5 million more euros in bonuses, making Moffi their record signing.

Moffi, who played in Lithuania and Belgium, has scored 12 Ligue 1 goals this season, a figure surpassed only by Kylian Mbappe, who has 13 with Paris Saint-Germain.

He had also been a target in the January window for Marseille and English Premier League clubs.

His departure from Lorient follows that of Dango Ouattara, the Burkina Faso winger who was sold to Bournemouth for around 27 million euros.

The signing of Moffi is a statement of intent from Nice, which currently sits mid-table in Ligue 1 but has ambitions of challenging at the top of the standings under its owners Ineos, the group chaired by billionaire petrochemist Monaco-based British Jim Ratcliffe who bought the club in 2019.

Source: AFP