Kalu Uche swaps Spain for Turkish club Kasimpasa

By Oluwashina OkelejiBBC Sport, Lagos
Nigeria's Kalu Uche
Kalu Uche

Nigeria international Kalu Uche has joined newly promoted Turkish side Kasimpasa on a three-year deal from Spanish club Espanyol.

Uche only joined Espanyol on a free transfer from the bankrupt Swiss team Neuchatel Xamax in January.

But his six goals in 17 games made him the club's top scorer last season and caught the attention of Kasimpasa.

The 29-year-old, who has played in Spain, Poland, France and Switzerland, said he is happy with his latest move.

"I'm excited with this whole new life and challenge," he told BBC Sport.

"Obviously, the offer is a good one and once both clubs agreed on a deal, it was a lot easier to sort the personal terms.

"It's a good deal financially and on a sporting aspect, importantly, I am happy with everything."

Uche and Kasimpasa refused to disclose financial details, but Spanish media say Espanyol will get between US$1.3 million and $1.8 million.

The Super Eagles forward scored two goals for Nigeria at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, against Greece and South Korea.

A regular in the Nigerian squad, alongside his younger brother Ikechukwu, the older Uche has outlined his ambition with the Istanbul-based club.

"They have a good sporting plan and I like it. My plan is to give my best to the club," he said.

"I want to make a huge contribution and continue their success in the Super League as well.

"I have a strong feeling the team will do well this coming season and I want to be a part of that remarkable success story.

"It won't be easy but with their ambition and quality of players, I have a feeling I have chosen the right club to continue my career.

"It's a new adventure and I am increasingly confident it will take us to the top."

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