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Rumour Mill-Rabiu Afolabi Who?

29 year old, Nigerian International Rabiu Afolabi is understood to be on Owen Coyle's radar according to the Daily Mirror.



He is available on a free transfer after deciding to leave French Ligue 1 club Sochaux at the end of the 2008-09 season. Afolabi revealed back in May that he could be moving to the Premier League this summer. Aston Villa, Birmingham and Wolves were all linked with him back then but nothing to date has come to fruition.He also claims to have received offers from clubs in Spain, Germany and Turkey but said recently to Sky Sports:

'I am a free agent in June. I have so many clubs interested in me. However my preference is to play in the Premier League this is the best league in the world.'

The 6ft defender normally plays in the centre but is quite versatile and can play as a fullback or defensive midfielder as well.

The defender played for Nigerian Club, NEPA Lagos before moving to Europe to play for Belgian club, Standard Liege in 1997. Since that time he has been well-travelled across the Continent and enjoyed a loan spell with SSC Napoli in 2000/1 before joining Austria Vienna in 2003. Afolabi joined French outfit,FC Sochaux in 2005 and to date has 10 caps for his country.

Not sure a 29 year old fits the bill but if he's free then Coyle may know something we don't assuming there is any iota of truth in this rumour?




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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday June 22 2009

Time: 6:31PM

Your Comments

Doesn't seem to fit the spec to me but what do I know!! Thought we were after 21-24 year olds with a British or eg Scandinavian background
turfmanphil
Makes you wonder why he is a free agent though?
8clarets8
Must be fed up of frogs legs!
turfmanphil
What! he has frogs legs? we should be jumping for joy at Twenty Nine though he could be a bit of a croak!
8clarets8
Could be 'Knee deep' in mud though if he aint got pace! :-)
turfmanphil
Here's hopping he has and that he can still keep up rib itt :-0
8clarets8
Could he be the first newt signing of the summer ?
RickersTwickers
As someone once said about a master of one-liners - it was the way he toad it.
Couch Potato
I did read somewhere that Rabiu Afolabi has come on leaps and bounds last season but i frogot where?
8clarets8
Probably in BlackPOOL!!
turfmanphil
With regards to what has been said about signing 21-24 year olds british/scandinavian - We cannot just sign players like this! We need a good mixture of players. Whilst I expect the majortiy will be of this description, I also expect to see one or two older faces.
Claretdale
I must admit he looks mean not sure i would want to be up against him lol
8clarets8
Bit of a bruiser by looks of it! Wonder what his yellow card/red card stats look like?
turfmanphil
Well last season he played 30 games one as a sub and received 5 yellows and 1 red!
8clarets8
we should be lookin at youg dyer he"s a gooden , dema
DEMA
wat about young dyer who was at southhompton he"s good an young ! DEMA
DEMA
 

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