French Ligue 1 outfit Lens is gearing up for the January transfer window with a keen focus on bolstering their squad, particularly in the left-back position. One of their main targets for the campaign is Bruno Onyemaechi from Boavista, as earlier reported by OwnGoalNigeria.com.
Currently positioned at seventh place in the Ligue 1 table, Lens is grappling with a left-back crisis exacerbated by the long-term absence of regular option Deiver Machado due to an adductor injury. This setback has prompted coach Franck Haise to explore potential reinforcements for the crucial position.
In the absence of Machado, Przemyslaw Frankowski has been deployed to fill the role, albeit he is more comfortable on the right side. The alternative, Faitout Maouassa, a loanee, has not entirely convinced Haise, having featured only once this season.
In response to the pressing need, Lens is actively considering options for the left-back role in the upcoming transfer window. Among the top candidates is 24-year-old Nigerian defender Bruno Onyemaechi, who currently plies his trade with Portuguese side Boavista. Despite Onyemaechi’s commitment to representing Nigeria in the upcoming AFCON in January, Lens views him as a viable solution for the left-back position. According to Transfermarkt the defender’s current market value is estimated at €3,5 million.
Another player on Lens’ radar is Souleyman Doumbia, the former Angers left-back aged 27. Doumbia brings the added advantage of being a free agent, making him an attractive prospect for the French side. His notable attribute is his rapid pace down the flank, potentially providing the necessary dynamism to Lens’ left-back position.
As Lens strives to address their defensive gaps and maintain their competitive standing in Ligue 1, the January transfer window could see the arrival of a new face to fortify their left flank, with the Super Eagles’ Bruno Onyemaechi emerging as a prominent candidate for the role.