Junior Ajayi would be sealing his transfer deal with Esperance in a few days following reports that the Tunisian club have agreed to pay the $2.5 million (N500 million) fee being demanded for the player. Esperance, it was learnt, see the Nigeria Under-23 team striker as a direct replacement for their longterm target Taiwo Awoniyi, who is headed for Liverpool in the English Premier League.
The Tunisian giants are reportedly proposing a three-year contract for Ajayi, who was loaned by 36 Lions of Lagos to Shooting Stars of Ibadan for the 2015 Nigeria Professional Football League season. Ajayi had last weekend jetted out to Tunis in company with his agent, Gaffar Liameed, to discuss a transfer to Esperance.
However, there are doubts whether the Tunisian side will eventually fulfill their promise as they have thus far breached agree ments reached with three other Nigerian clubs – Dolphins (Emem Eduok), Shuttle Sports Academy (Bernard Bulbwa) and Enyimba (Kingsley Sokari). Shuttle Sports Academy, which Bulbwa played for in Nigeria before joining Esperance, claimed Esperance were yet to receive the $180, 000 transfer fee negotiated with Esperance, even after the academy had directed the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to release the player’s International Transfer Certificate (ITC).
Shuttle Sports, it was learnt, have yet to receive the money months after the management of Esperance claimed it had transferred the cash to the account of the Nigerian academy. “It is a very bad piece of business for the academy because Esperance have not been honest in their dealings with them in respect of the transfer of Bernard,” a source privy to the deal revealed.
“The way it is even going, they (Shuttle Sports) may even lose the player for nothing unless they act fast and decisively.” Also, Nigeria Professional Football League side Dolphins of Port Harcourt, claimed to have received only half of the transfer fee on striker Emem Eduok from the Tunisian club. Enyimba, it was gathered, pulled the plug on Kingsley Sokari’s move to Esperance after the North Africans failed to pay $400,000 agreed for the midfielder’s transfer.