By Scott Taylor
Jacob Njoku is set to have trials with Premier League side Liverpool once his contract with Al Oruba runs out in the summer, according to his agent. The former Porto youngster, 18, has been closely monitored by the Reds in recent seasons, and is now playing his football in the United Arab Emirates. Once Njoku’s contract expires in April, agent Babawo Mohammed confirmed that he would be going to Liverpool for a trial.
He told a Nigerian football website: “Jacob Njoku will travel to the United Kingdom next month for trials with Liverpool along with Chidera Ejike. He is travelling after his contract [with Al Oruba] expires.”
The striker is not eligible for a work permit in the United Kingdom, but should he impress at Melwood, he will have to go out on loan in order to obtain one. This is similar to two of the Reds’ current youngsters, as Allan is on loan at Belgian side Sint-truiden and Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi is at Bundesliga 2. side FSV Frankfurt.
Njoku has already represented Nigeria at U13 and U15, but had his U17 hopes dashed as he picked up an injury just before the World Cup in 2013. Al Oruba enjoyed a successful season last year, winning the Oman Professional League for the fourth time as well as winning the Sultan Qaboos Cup.