Manchester City have beaten Newcastle United to the signing of Nigerian international striker Olarenwaju Kayode from Austria Wien. The 24-year-old was the top scorer in Austria’s top flight last season, scoring 17 goals in 33 games for Austria Wien, in addition to scoring two goals in two games against AS Roma in the Europa League. He also has several caps for the senior Nigeria national side.
Olarenwaju Kayode has reportedly already passed his medical and will soon join Girona FC on loan, where four other Manchester City players are to spend the 2017-18 season.
There had been reports that Olarenwaju Kayode was all set to join Newcastle, but one of Pep Guardiola’s famous phone calls is said to have made the difference, with Pep convincing the Nigerian to join Manchester City before heading to Catalonia with Girona FC.
Nigeria striker Olarenwaju Kayode also confirmed reports that he has joined Manchester City from Austria Wien.
In a message on his Instagram, ‘Larry’ as he is nicknamed said he has signed a four-year contract with Manchester City and will immediately join partner club Girona FC on a season-long loan deal.
Sounding ecstatic about his new adventure, Olarenwaju Kayode said: “Am blessed…its time to kick some Ass and play good football…Thanks to the real LK8 fans and family…We love you all”
No fee is known yet, but Manchester City have acquired a 24-year-old with a proven goal-scoring record in Austria, having been the top scorer in the country’s top flight last season. He previously played for Maccabi Netanya in Israel and ASEC Mimosas in the Ivory Coast, and also had several loan spells including a stint with FC Luzern in Switzerland.