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DONE DEAL: Sapporo FC sign Water FC product Gabriel Okechukwu from Wydad Casablanca until 2025

Japanese topflight league side Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo has completed the permanent signing of Nigeria striker Okechukwu Gabriel on a four-year deal.

The Nigeria international was unvieled on Thursday after Water FC graduate had completed his medicals and agreeing on personal terms with the Japanese side in the East Asian country.

Before his move to Asia, the Super Eagles striker had become a free agent after parting ways with Morccoan giants Wydad Casablanca, where he featured in 2020 CAF Champions League.

With his capture, Sapporo have bolstered their attacking options and will aim to profit from the redhot form of the 25-year-old at the club until 2025 in a deal worth a reported €834million.

Okechukwu had also previously enjoyed loan spell at Moroccan side, SC Chabab during his stint with Wdydad after launching his professional club career with Nigeria Professional Football League side Akwa United before spell with Ukrainian outfit Karpaty Lviv and St. George’s.

On the international scene, he starred for the CHAN Super Eagles and was part of the silver-winning squad at the 2018 African Nations Champions in Morocco under the watch of Salisu Yusuf.

At that continental championship, he scored a goal each in the quarter final triumph against Angola and semi-final win against Sudan for the home-based Nigerian senior side.

The gangling striker will be eager to enjoy an impactful campaign in Japan when he tastes his maiden appearance for the Japanese club in the upcoming weeks.