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Exclusive – Ex Flying Eagles Prospect Saidu Close In On Transfer To Shakhtar Donetsk

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Five years after former Super Eagles striker Julius Aghahowa ended his romance with Ukrainian Premier League side Shakhtar Donetsk, the club are set to sign another Nigerian, Owngoalnigeria.com can exclusively reveal.

Aghahowa was the last known Nigerian player who made waves at the Ukraine outfit, although his first spell from 2000 to 2007 still remain his most prolific time at the club, as he failed to match expectations when he rejoined them for a second spell in 2009.

The club is presently running the rule on Rimi Youth of Kaduna midfielder Saidu Mukhtar, who trained with the Nigeria U-20 team during their ill fated attempt to qualify for the Africa Youth Championship.

Mukhtar has been training with the B team of the club for the last one week and will be offered a professional contract if he impresses the handlers of the team.

A fine distributor of the ball, the 18 year old is widely regarded as one of the finest emerging talents in Kaduna due to his abilities and his stature. He stand at an impressive height of almost six feet tall.

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*Ade Emmanuel