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EXCLUSIVE: SOUTHAMPTON MAKE BID FOR £25m RATED NIGERIAN FORWARD

English Premiership side Southampton have made a bid in the region of just over £20m for CSKA Moscow £25m rated Nigerian forward Ahmed Musa.

Southampton we gathered have moved swiftly to replace Liverpool bound Sadio Mane with the Nigerian who have had two bids for his services from Leicester City rejected by the Russian side.

Owngoalnigeria.com gathered from sources close to the Super Eagles vice captain that the bid from the Saints is close to CSKA’s valuation of the 23 year old with the fee set to rise further in add ons and future payments base on his success at St. Mary’s.

“Musa is back in Russia for pre season training but I can confirm to you that few days ago we got a bid from Southampton for his services but CSKA Moscow are yet to respond, Musa has not hidden his desire to play in England, we pray they respect his wish this time around” He told Owngoalnigeria.com.

“Although the bid did not meet CSKA’s asking price but it is very close to it and in the future they could earn more depending on Musa performs with Southampton”.

Last season Musa hit double digits goals for the second season running by scoring 13 goals, three more than his tally for the previous season, aside his goals his assist rate has experienced a similar rise from 4 two seasons ago to 8 last season.

*Daniel Martins