Aberdeen boss McInnes hopes to secure Nwakali work permit soon

Aberdeen's Chidi Nwakali (left) with Andrew Considine.
Aberdeen's Chidi Nwakali (left) with Andrew Considine.

Dons boss Derek McInnes hopes to have the loan signing of Chidi Nwakali from Manchester City completed over here in Dubai.

The 21-year-old midfielder jetted out to the Middle East to meet up with the Reds at their warm weather training camp.

A six-month loan deal has been agreed subject to a work permit being granted for Nwakali, who was on loan with Norway’s Sogndal until November.

Aberdeen are confident that will be pushed through imminently, ideally in time for Nigerian international squad player Nwakali to face Lokomotiv Tashkent in a friendly on Sunday.

McInnes said: “Hopefully we can get Chidi in an Aberdeen shirt before too long.

“With Greg Tansey moving on (loan to Ross County) we were left a little light in the middle of the park so Chidi comes in, subject to a work permit being granted.”

Midfielder Nwakali has yet to feature for Manchester City in a competitive game but is highly rated by the Premiership leaders.

He won the U17 World Cup with Nigeria in 2013 and is hopeful of using Aberdeen to propel him into the Nigerian team for the World Cup in Russia this summer.

McInnes had been monitoring the Manchester City starlet for months and reckons he is the complete midfielder with skill, bite and energy.

He said: “Chidi was one we felt could have been a possibility for January.

“He’s got a bit of everything from what you want from all your central midfield players.

“ I think he’ll fit in well because it’s so important for him to try and be part of the Nigeria squad for the World Cup.

“ There’s an importance for him to play regularly and showcase himself and at our Club hopefully we get the benefit of that.

“That flexibility for those midfield positions is good for us.

“He’s one in there that can turn the ball over, he brings good energy, but also one that can get on the ball and make things happen for us.

“What we like about him is he’s got real energy, but also someone who can work the ball well, as you’d expect from someone from Manchester City.

“ Whether he plays in a defined role as a centre midfielder or one where he can get about in there, I think he can do both.”

Nwakali arrived in Dubai on a separate flight on Tuesday morning and met up with the squad at their Jebel Ali base.

McInnes said: “He’s settled in great and he’s had a good day’s work.

“He flew out on his own last night, came in in the early hours of this morning and was really keen to get involved. Hopefully we can get him in an Aberdeen shirt before too long.”