If todayâ€™s Daily Mail is to be believed (which it probably isn’t) Spurs have made an official Â£6 million bid for Inter Milanâ€™s striker Victor Obinna.
Obinnaâ€™s talent emerged during his spell with African champions Enyimba back in 2005. After impressing in his homeland, Obinna went on trials with Inter Milan, Perugia and Juventus before signing with Brazilian club Internacional, but South American outfit suffered visa problems which ultimately derailed the transfer.
Eventually the Nigerian was snapped up by Chievo who signed him up on a 3 year deal. In his first season with the Flying Donkeys Obinna netted 6 goals in 26 appearances but was unable to stop the Verona club sliding into Serie B. With other clubs showing an interest in his talent, Obinna rejected all offers and displayed great loyalty to the club who had given him his chance in Europe by opting to stay with Chievo in Italy’s second division. Happily, the club bounced straight back into the Italian top flight the following year, with the striker playing an integral part in their promotion.
However in 2007 Obinnaâ€™s life was to take a dramatic turn as the striker was involved in a horrific car accident on his way home from training. After his car flipped several times and was totally written-off, Obinna was left unconscious as was immediately rushed to hospital. Thankfully Obinna recovered quickly and soon returned to the football field to end the 2007/08 season with some excellent performances. In total, Obinna scored 22 goals in 82 games with Chievo.
Last summer Serie A champions Inter finally decided to swoop with Jose Mourinho paying an undisclosed sum for the player.
Many draw comparisons between Victor Obinna and ex-Newcastle striker Faustinio Asprilla. Both forwards are known for the languid playing-style, while both have been known to celebrate goals with string of acrobatic somersaults.
Similarly to the Colombian, Obinna is strong, athletic and direct. Obinna also enjoys drifting out to the left flank in order to cut in on his right peg, taking-on defenders, and is usually unafraid to have a pop at goal whether from close-range or outside the box. Where Obinna is found lacking though is in his inability to play as a lone striker who is required to hold up the ball, with the striker physically challenged standing under 5 ft 9 inches tall and weighing just 78 kilograms.
Unfortunately for Obinna his career has taken a backward step since joining the Nerazurri. He has found his chances limited with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Julio Cruz and Mario Balotelli all ahead of him in the pecking order. This resulted in a paltry 9 appearances and one measly goal for the 22-year-old last season.
All clubs are aware that Inter are heading for a major clear-out this summer, with all non-essential personnel available at the right price. Obinnaâ€™s raw talent would clearly be an attractive proposition to Redknapp, and with a bit of nurturing he could turn out to be a bargain.
With the Italian press reporting that Napoli are already in negotiations with the player, Tottenham will have to do business briskly if they are to capture the Nigerian’s signature. His ability to play both out wide and as a striker would make him a useful addition to the Tottenhamâ€™s squad although Spurs fans would be wise to view Obinna as being a raw talent rather than the finished article.
Video evidence of Victor Obinna can be seen here.