Okumu: Kenya’s defender is reportedly interested by Celtic, Rangers and Lorient. ready for the next step
The 24-year-old center-back has broken his silence on transfer reports linking him to famous clubs in the UK
Elfsborg defender Joseph Okumu has revealed his desire for another challenge after making a statement about his performances at Allsvenskan.
Okumu, who has played seven games in the Swedish premier league this season, has reportedly attracted the interest of a number of clubs in Scotland and France.
He joined the Yellows in August 2019 and has established himself as a key player in Jimmy Thelin’s roster but has dealt with the reports on his future.
“Yes, definitely [will take the next step]. The most important thing is that I’ve already made an impression here, ”Okumu told Fotboll Direkt.
“When I’ve done that and both I and the club are happy … I think we have the same interests here, then I’ll take the next step.”
Celtic and Rangers are said to be among the clubs chasing the Kenyan international, but he said no specific offer for his services has been made.
“I don’t know, I’ll let my agent take care of it. If there’s anything specific he’ll let me know, but we haven’t talked about that yet so I’m not so sure, ”he continued.
“I prefer him to let me know when it’s really specific. Until then, I want to stay away from it as it costs a lot of energy. So I stay in the background with all of this. “
Ligue 1 clubs Reims and Lorient are also reportedly interested in signing Okumu but he said he is more concerned about his game than the country.
“France is a good place. But it’s more about the project than the land. It’s what they want from me, ”he added.
“When I go, I want it to be where I can make an impression and show my qualities. Not somewhere where I’m just part of the team, I want to play a big role.
“At the moment I’m in Elfsborg and my focus will be there. Until something happens, it will be, if or when it does you have to adjust to something else. But now I’m here. “
Okumu began his professional career at the late Kenyan club Chemelil Sugar before moving to South Africa to play for Free State Stars.
After Free State, the 24-year-old moved to the United States, where he worked for AFC Ann Arbor and Real Monarchs, before moving to Sweden two years ago.