TransfersCrystal Palace Eyeing up a move for Nigeria midfielder Joel Obi Published 6 months agoon June 13, 2018By GoalBall As the World Cup gets underway tomorrow, reports from Italy suggest that Crystal Palace are eyeing up a move for Nigeria midfielder Joel Obi. Obi started for the Super Eagles against England in their 2-1 friendly defeat at Wembley last week and is now expected to play a key role in their campaign over in Russia, with his performances likely to be tracked closely by Palace scouts all through the tournament. The 27-year-old, born in Lagos, joined Inter Milan’s academy at the age of just 14, graduating into their first team five years later. Originally spotted as a potential first-teamer by Jose Mourinho in 2009, Joel was definitively moved into the professional set-up at the San Siro by Rafa Benitez, making a total of 69 appearances for the Black and Blues before being sold to Torino for a fee believed to be just under £2 million in the summer of 2015.In the three years, Obi has been based in Turin and has made 59 appearances, scoring seven goals. But it is his form over the last nine months which is likely to have caught the eye of Freedman and Hodgson. In just 25 appearances in all competitions, the midfielder has notched six goals; a stat which bodes well for his future prospects, should he indeed make the switch to the Premier League.Of course, should he play a starring role for the Super Eagles over the next month, interest in him will skyrocket but with Nigeria’s first game set to take place Saturday against Croatia, there is still a little time for Palace’s representatives to make headway on a contract, should they indeed hold serious interest in getting Obi’s services ahead of next season. More Topics:Crystal PalaceJoel Obitransfers Advertisement What Others Are Reading Roy Hodgson Dismisses Victor Moses Crystal Palace move Crystal Palace Set to Resign Victor Moses Transfer News Today: The Major Headlines Transfer news today: Tuesday morning headlines Anthony Nwakaeme Rejects China Offer Over Nigeria Future Arsenal to send Krystian Bielik to Charlton Athletic on loan Advertisement LatestPopularVideos Leagues and Cups9 hours agoSuper Eagles defender Stephen Eze stirs Lokomotiv Plodiv To First Win News9 hours agoMourinho Claims Manchester United’s Problem Started With David Moyes Premier League10 hours ago“Sell Iwobi to Ipswich” – frustrated Arsenal fans react to 3-2 loss News11 hours agoOgenyi Onazi Reiterates ‘Commitment To Playing’ For Nigeria Leagues and Cups12 hours agoLaLiga 2: Uzoho Helps Elche To their First Win In Seven Games Premier League19 hours agoLiverpool vs Manchester United: Salah Threatens Mourinho News11 hours agoOgenyi Onazi Reiterates ‘Commitment To Playing’ For Nigeria News19 hours agoYakubu Ayegbeni Buys Wife Range Rover SUV [PHOTOS] Leagues and Cups12 hours agoLaLiga 2: Uzoho Helps Elche To their First Win In Seven Games Premier League13 hours agoSouthampton End Arsenal’s Unbeaten Run Ends With 3-2 Loss Premier League13 hours agoSouthampton End Arsenal’s Unbeaten Run Ends With 3-2 Loss News2 days agoModric Slams Ronaldo And Messi for snubbing Ballon D’Or 2018 Ceremony News2 days agoSalah Wins BBC African Footballer Of The Year Award Again Women's World Cup2 days agoFrance Women’s World Cup: NFF Secure Austria Camp For Falcons Leagues and Cups3 days agoAfrica U-20 Cup of Nations: Flying Eagles Drawn Against South Africa Advertisement My Tweets Want to Buy Cheap Data Bundle, Buy Cheap Airtime, Send Bulk SMS, Pay Cable TV Subscription, Transfer Money, Print Recharge PIN, or Convert Airtime To Data? >> >> CLICK HERE to get started!