Aneke: Nigeria-Ziel signs a two-year contract for Birmingham City

The 27-year-old was in demand in the off-season after scoring 15 league goals last season

Nigeria’s goal Chuks Aneke has sealed a transfer to the English championship club Birmingham City.

The 27-year-old, who previously played for Charlton Athletic, has signed a two-year deal and will officially join the Blues on July 1.

“Blues are pleased to announce the signing of Chuks Aneke,” the club said in a statement on its official website.

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“The former Charlton Athletic striker is on a two-year contract and will officially join on July 1st.”

When signing the contract, Aneke said: “I’m happy to finally get it over the line,” said Aneke. “It’s a big club and a big challenge, I’m definitely looking forward to it.

“It’s a huge club and it’s in the championship – that’s where I want to be. I want to test myself in the championship and my age [head] The coach is here, so everything is lined up and I’m ready to go. “

Aneke was in demand in the off-season, and the club battled a lot of competition to secure his signature after scoring 15 league goals last season.

As well as having an eye for goals, the 27-year-old has the ability to tie the game in the final third and bolster Lee Bowyer’s attacking lines.

A youngster on Arsenal’s books, Aneke has been with the Gunners for 13 years and made his first-team debut in the 2011 League Cup game against Shrewsbury Town.

This led to loan stays with Stevenage, Preston North End and then two assignments with Crewe Alexandra. In Cheshire, Aneke hit the net 24 times in 82 games between 2012 and 2014.

After his release from Arsenal, he joined the Jupiler Pro League team Zulte Waregem before returning to England, where he signed for Milton Keynes Dons after an injury break in Belgium.

Aneke initially recovered but couldn’t prevent MK Dons from slipping to the fourth division but played a vital role in helping them the first time by scoring 19 goals in all competitions.

With this formidable form he drew various admirers, with Charlton securing his services in June 2019 and immediately returning when Aneke scored on his debut against Stoke City.

And although his last season in the Valley ended disappointingly as the Addicks missed the play-offs due to the goal difference, Aneke had 15 league points.

Aneke is Lee Bowyer’s third permanent signing, having joined Ryan Woods and Jordan Graham earlier this week.

He has played for the England youth team but is eligible to play for the Nigerian national team and should he stay fit and play for his club consistently, he could get a Super Eagles call.

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