City have this afternoon confirmed the signing of Moses Odubajo from fellow Championship side Brentford.
It’s been something of a protracted saga, with City initially agreeing a fee with Brentford and personal terms with the player earlier this week, only for the Tigers’ coveting of his former Bees team-mate Andre Gray to complicate matters.
It did appear that a joint deal approaching an eye-watering £10m would be done for the pair, however it now looks as though City have decided to leave Grey for the time being and concentrated on wrapping up a deal for just Odubajo, one that is thought to have cost £3.5m.
The 22 year old Londoner spent the early part of his career in the east of the capital with Leyton Orient, turning out 93 times for the Os between 2010-2014 – including two FA Cup games and a League Cup match against City, all in 2013. It was reputedly in the latter game, which City won 1-0 thanks to a Robbie Brady goal, that Odubajo first came to Steve Bruce’s attention.
A year later he moved west to Brentford for £1m and continued to impress, playing virtually every game as his unfancied side made the Championship play-offs. Though eligible for the Nigerian national side, he’s also represented England at U20 level.
The deal was not completed in time for Odubajo to face Huddersfield tomorrow (which we’ll be previewing in the morning), but he can face either Accrington on Tuesday or, more likely, Wolves a week on Sunday.
Best of luck, Moses.