Despite being on the verge in signing for Birmingham City, Ogenyi Onazi yesterday turned up for training with Trabzonspor.
Hurriyet say the Nigerian international attended training as Trabzonspor prepare for their clash with Fenerbahce at the weekend, which has been seen as a surprise in Turkey.
However, it’s been reported Onazi took things easy during the session, as he closes in on a move to Birmingham City.
The 24 year old looks set to join the Championship side for €4.5m, but work permit issues have been holding up the deal.
Yesterday, Trabzonspor manager Ersun Yanal said he doesn’t want an unhappy player within his squad, and therefore will allow Onazi to leave.
Still under contract with Trabzonspor until 2020, Onazi has recently confirmed he would like to leave in order to join Birmingham City.
Last night Harry Redknapp urged his board to bring in players before the window closes, following Birmingham City’s 0-0 draw with Bolton Wanderers.
In Turkey the problems with a work permit are seen as something of an English eccentricity, and they’re perhaps not taking the issue seriously enough.
If Birmingham City can sort out a work permit, which could have as much to do with price paid and wages offered, as international caps, then everything else slots into place.