Nigerians Abroad

West Ham announce signing of Nigerian striker Oladapo Afolayan

Nigerian forward Oladapo Afolayan has joined Premier League side West Ham United from non-league club Solihull Moors.

The 20-year-old featured in Chelsea youth ranks and was in the same level with Premier League stars like Dominic Solanke and Tammy Abraham at a time.

The striker joined the Hammers on a three-and-a-half-year contract deal in the just concluded January transfer window and he is expected to immediately wage competition for a starting berth in the U-23 team of the club.

“It’s a dream come true. I’ve worked hard to get here and I’m grateful for the opportunity,” Afolayan told West Ham’s official website.

“I started out with Chelsea and was there until I was 15, then my family moved to Canada and I was part of the academy at Toronto FC.

“Then, when we moved back, I studied civil engineering at Loughborough University before the opportunity arose to join Solihull and play in the National League and it was something I couldn’t turn down.

“Now, the opportunity has come to join a Premier League club and West Ham is one which has always given youngsters opportunities to come through, as we have seen this season, so I’ve come here to get into the first team and make a name for myself.”

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