The January transfer window is one of the shopping market in football, where players across move from one club to another, be it players who are in search of regular playing time or because of a new challenge in their career.
African players have actually dominated some of the biggest moves this January with higher fees.
So as we edges closer to the end of the January transfer market, we talk about some of African players on Sportyleagues who move from one club to another.
Here are 7 of African players who changed club this January
Gabriel Okechukwe – (Wydad Casablanca – Consadole Sapporo)
Moving from the continent of Africa to Asia, may not really look tantalizing for the neutrals and the fans of the forward in terms of the Nigerian new home. However from the financial point of view and regular playing time the move to the Japanese top-flight side Consadole Sapporo looks really good for the former Akwa United forward.
Okechukwe joined the Japanese side on a three year deal from one of the top side in Morocco, Wydad Casablanca in a deal worth €824,000. The forward spent last year on loan at Chabab Mohammedia, where he only made seven appearances, so with a move to far Asia perhaps we might see him playing regularly again.
Okechukwe moved to Wydad in 2018, having been instrumental in Akwa United’s triumph in the Aiteo Cup against Niger Tornadoes in 2017. With this new development in his career, the former Karpaty Lviv of Ukraine would want to use his new move to revive his career.
Sebastian Haller – (West Ham – Ajax Amsterdam)
Following an impressive performances in the Bundesliga with Eintracht Frankfurt, the Ivorian international forward joined West Ham in a £45m deal in 2019. This season in the January window the Ivorian ends his stint with the Hammers after making 50 appearances in all competitions and scoring 14 goals across 18 months.
His new home now is Ajax Amsterdam in the Eredivisie having completed his move from West Ham to the Dutch giant in a deal worth €22.5m. Haller has already hit the ground running with the Dutch giant since he joined them on a four and a half year contract.
The Ivorian move to the Eredivisie giant remain the most expensive deal for an African player this January. With the €22.5m shelled out by Ajax, the deal looks a great bargain for them and a great loss for the Hammers financial wise having paid £45m to Eintracht Frankfurt for his services in 2019.
Amad Diallo – (Atalanta – Manchester United)
Another African player that yet command an expensive deal to a new club his Ivorian youngster, Amad Diallo from Seria A side Atalanta. The 18 year old has been one of the best Atalanta’s youth player, and he made a total of five appearances for the senior team with one goal to his name on his debut against Udinese in 2019.
The Red Devils agreed to shell out a whopping £18.9m for the Ivorian youngster, after Atalanta agreed to part ways with their talented youngster. Diallo’s move to United sees him signed a deal that will keep him at Old Trafford until June 2025, with the option for a further year.
Amad Diallo move to United would help him develop as a youngster, been a club that has proven to helped nurtured some of Europe’s best like Cristiano Ronaldo and some retired legends of the club. However, it’s left to be seen if the Ivorian would lived up to the expectations of the fans.
Krepin Diatta – (Club Brugge – AS Monaco)
AS Monaco beat off competition from other top Europe’s big side to secured the services of the young Senegalese from Club Brugge. The Ligue 1 side shelled out £15m for Diatta having impressed with his performances for the Belgian side with a five years deal.
The Senegalese international started his professional career in Norway with Sarpsborg 08, but was only with the Norwegian side for less than a year before been snapped up by Brugge on a four year deal. Diatta has scored 10 goals in 19 league appearances this season for Club Brugge, and with his move to Monaco the Senegalese would continue his impressive form with the Ligue 1 side who are challenging for European places.
Diatta is no doubt a good player with mouthwatering quality on the flank, and he does showed that on his debut against Marseille showing top quality and why Monaco paid a whopping amount for him.
Henry Onyekuru – (Monaco – Galatasaray)
The Nigeria international put an end to his underwhelming stint at Monaco by rejoining the Turkish giant on a six month loan with the option to buy permanently. The move it’s undoubtedly a kind of move that would reignite his somewhat nose-diving career, which has already been reigniting his career having scored a brace in the midweek.
Onyekuru’s return to the Turk Telekom Stadium is his third stint with the Lions, having previously played with them for the entire 2018-19 and the second half of the 2019-20 campaign.
The Nigeria international has struggled to break into Kovac’s team, as such there is a need for him to find himself a new club and Galatasaray did came to his aid knowing quite that his a quality player that would deliver for them.
Kouadio Kone – (Toulouse – Borussia Monchengladbach)
Kone is another Ivorian who also changed club this January, he’s a huge talent who has been monitored by top clubs across Europe before the German side secured his services for £8.1m
The former Toulouse star made 18 Ligue 2 appearances for the French side this season, scoring just one goal.
The 19 year old centre midfielder signed a contract with the German side until 2025, however he will spend the rest of the season on loan at Toulouse.
Kone is no doubt an interesting player who should come good for the German side, should he continue with his development with Toulouse. The good thing about him is that he could play as an attacking midfielder or a centre midfielder.
Michael Olunga – (Kashima Reysol – Al-Duhail)
Following a fantastic performances for Kashima Reysol in the J-League, scoring 28 goals in 32 matches in the just concluded campaign winning both the Golden Boot and the Most Valuable Player award got him a move to the Qatari side.
Olunga’s moves to the Qatari giant has attracted mixed reactions both from his fans back in Kenya and neutrals who like to see him play. Some question his decision in joining Al-Duhail in terms of his career progression with people believing the move is a climb down to his career while others commend him for the move.
Perhaps been an African player and the financial aspect involve in the deal could be the reason behind Olunga’s decision to move Qatar, when he could actually move to a decent side in main stream Europe to continue his blistering career at 26. Olunga has proven himself for every clubs he has played for, with his knack for goals the Qatari side should expect something incredible from the Kenyan.