a group photo after a signing

Nigeria forward Paul Onuachu has joined Belgian league champions KRC Genk from Danish club, FC Midtjylland and signed a four-year contract.

Onuachu joined the Belgian league champions from Danish club, FC Midtjylland.

The Smurfs paid around six million euros to land the lanky forward and that can still increase through bonuses.

KRC Genk announced the signing of Onuachu on their website on Thursday evening.

“KRC Genk reached an agreement with Danish [club] FC Midtjylland about the transfer of Paul Onuachu. The 25-year-old Nigerian striker signed a contract until 2024,” the Belgian club stated.

“Paul Onuachu is a good striker. With his 2.1m [height], he is very present in the box, strong in duels both in the air and on the ground. At FC Midtjylland, Paul played no fewer than 181 matches, [scored] 74 goals and 23 assists in recent seasons. He is also a Nigeria international with 6 caps and one goal.

“KRC Genk are proud to add Onuachu to their attack, and looks forward to his matches at the Luminus Arena.”

FC Midtjylland also confirmed Onuachu’s departure and thanked the forward for his great contributions during his stay at the club.

”Paul Onuachu has signed a four-year contract with the Belgian champions, KRC Genk, and he will immediately begin work on his new club, where he can also look forward to playing in Europe’s finest club tournament, the Champions League, reads a statement on FC Midtjylland’s official website.

Midtjylland’s sporting director, Svend Graversen eulogized the forward for his positive contribution during his time at the club.

“Paul is a fantastic story for a forward. He entered the academy and developed quietly, both as a human and a player, and many in the club, ranging from the foster family to the coaching staff, have a stake in the fact that we now sell Paul to a strong and big club like KRC Genk,” Graversen told the club’s website.

“It is a fantastic sale for the whole club, we wish Paul all the best in the future, and of course we thank him for all he did for the club.”

Onuachu scored 74 goals and recorded 23 assists in 181 appearances for Midtjylland.

He scored five goals in 13 games during a loan spell with Vejle BK in 2015.

The 25-year-old was part of the Super Eagles side that won bronze medal at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.