Ireland and Rotherham striker Chiedozie Ogbene has been linked with a shock move to Turkish club Fenerbahce.
The Irish international lined out for last month's devastating 1-0 loss to France in the Aviva stadium. Despite the loss, the brand of football played against the world number one proved overwhelmingly positive and Ogbene certainly stood out as one of the top performers in the narrow defeat.
According to Neil O'Riordan of the Sun, the Turkish club had a representative at the France game to monitor the 26-year-old, with Chiedozie Ogbene's performance that night supposedly cementing the club's interests. Fenerbahce are currently second in the top flight of Turkish football and regularly play European football, getting knocked out in the last sixteen by Sevilla last month. Aside from their domestic feats the club were also recently linked with a summer move for Eden Hazard.
The former Cork City and Limerick player's contract at Rotherham is due to elapse at the end of the season. Rotherham are currently 19th in the Football League Championship and given Ogbene's recent success at the club there appears to be little prospect of him renewing a deal there. He moved from wing-back to striker after Rotherham's promotion to the Championship and has scored eight times for the club and added four goals to his international tally.
"It's an absolute piece of MAGIC from Ogbene!" 😍✨
Chiedozie Ogbene equalises for Ireland against Belgium... what a GOAL!! 🇮🇪 pic.twitter.com/KBhRxF61lW
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) March 26, 2022
Despite interest from the Istanbul club, there's also been plenty of British interest in Ogbene as well with Millwall, Swansea City and Middlesbrough all reportedly interested in signing Ogbene.
While much of the rhetoric over the international break was surrounding Evan Ferguson bursting onto the scene, Chiedozie Ogbene definitely proved himself as a future Stalwart for Stephen Kenny. He came on off the bench in Ireland's 3-2 win over Latvia before shining during Ireland's encounter with France.
While these are mere reports, should Ogbene make a move to the Turkish league he would become the first senior Irish International to play in the top flight of Turkish football.
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