England-born Nigerian winger Jordon Ibe is ready to pledge his international allegiance to Nigeria after being repeatedly overlooked by his preferred England, it has been claimed.
The former Liverpool player, 20, who now plays for Bournemouth, initially snubbed pleas to play for the Super Eagles but is now ready to make a U-turn as England are not interested in him anymore.
According to mirror.co.uk, a source close to the Nigerian Football Federation said: “Jordon is willing to listen to what we have to offer.
“We are hoping he finds the project enticing enough to dump England where he is a youth international and play for Nigeria at senior level.”
Ibe was openly courted by former Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh, who even travelled to Liverpool to meet with the player and his representatives.
But the youngster, who was then rated as a huge prospect at Anfield, was bent on featuring for England.
Oliseh later confirmed that Ibe had opted for England, the ex-Nigeria coach tweeting at the time:
“Jordon Ibe’s family informed me by telephone call that he was giving priority to an England call-up. We wish them well.”
Since that time, Ibe’s stock has fallen rapidly, losing his Liverpool place and having to make the switch to Bournemouth with an England spot no longer on the horizon.
Ibe has played for England at all levels from under-18s and has four under-21 caps.
He was reportedly the victim of a £25,000 robbery on November 6 this year as he was understood to have been hit by a vehicle containing four men, who threatened him with a knife before taking off with his watch .