Manchester United are being strongly linked with signing Napoli’s high-scoring striker Victor Osimhen.
ESPN report Osimhen is a priority signing for United, however, a deal would cost in excess of £100 million.
There is another Nigerian striker also worth paying attention to, one who would be available at a fraction of the price.
20-year-old Gift Orban is a player the football world could be hearing a lot about in the years ahead.
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Gift Orban is the striker who can’t stop scoring
Gift Orban plays for Belgian side Gent, signing for the Jupiler Pro League side in January for just £2 million.
He has gone onto score seven goals in five league games, the best start for any player in Belgium’s top flight, ESPN report.
Last night Orban scored a first half hat-trick against Adnan Januzaj’s Istanbul Basaksehir in a Europa Conference League win.
He has five goals in the competition in 2023 already, taking his tally for Gent to an impressive 12 goals in nine games.
This goalscoring streak is not out of nowhere. Orban previously played for Norwegian side Staebak, where he struck 19 goals in 24 games in 2022, having only made his debut for the club in May.
That makes 36 goals in the past 10 months. Orban is a striker well worth taking a look at. He is averaging a goal every 60 minutes for Gent since joining.
He is hoping his performances earn him a call-up to the Nigeria national team in their upcoming internationals.
Young talent for United to consider
Manchester United’s search for a striker is expected to lead towards a proven star this summer, but more than one striker is needed.
Anthony Martial is unreliable as a back-up, because you want your second choice to be available, and he rarely is.
That’s why United should look at signing a young talent like Gift Orban, to add to the squad, regardless of whether a move for Osimhen happens or not.
United need options in attack, and it’s no use expecting a big money signing to start 60 games per year.
This will especially be the case if United sign Harry Kane, who turns 30 in July. A young talent will be needed to share the load, and Gift Orban might be an ideal option.