French Ligue 1 side Lille are exploring the possibility of signing Nigerian youngster and KAA Gent forward, Gift Orban, as a replacement for striker Jonathan David, who has been linked with a move away from the club.

The potential agreement comes as Lille seek to bolster their attacking options following the anticipated departure of their star striker, who notched an impressive 24 goals during the 2022/23 Ligue 1 season, propelling them to a fifth-place finish.

With David expected to move out of France during this transfer window, Lille have reportedly identified Orban as their primary target to fill the void left by the Canadian dynamo.

According to Foot Mercato, the French side are edging closer to reaching an agreement with Orban’s representatives, as the negotiations with Gent are slated to commence once David’s departure is finalised.

If all goes well, Orban will make his second transfer of the year, having joined Gent from Stabaek in January.

The young Nigerian talent has been exceptional in front of goal, grabbing 20 goals in 22 appearances since his move to Genk last January.

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