The 31-year-old missed the dream move to Everton or Fulham

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Nosa Igiebor admits he was twice denied a chance to play in England when Real Betis refused to sell the Nigeria international to Everton or Fulham, Speaking to Beat.

The 31-year-old Premier League ship appears to have long since sailed for a player who was last seen in Cypriot football with Anathorsis Famagusta.

After all, it’s been a decade since Igiebor had his big break at Betis when he joined the La Liga giants after helping Hapoel Tel Aviv win the 2012 Israel Cup.

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And during his time in Andalusia, the 15-cap Nigerian received a handful of requests from clubs in England. Not that Betis were particularly keen on the sale.

A missed opportunity

“I had two offers when I was at Real Betis but they didn’t let me go because they wanted too much money for me,” explains Igiebor. “Fulham was interested in me.

“We played a pre-season game against them and I scored the only goal (in August 2013). Their manager at the time (Martin Jol) was waiting for me after the game.

“He said he liked my game and asked if I would like to play for them and I said ‘yes’.

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“The following week Betis got an offer but they turned it down because they said the money was too little. I think Everton were the second team but I’m not sure if they made a specific offer. The club didn’t tell me about it.”

According to the Daily Mail, West Bromwich Albion called around the same time. Igiebor, who was valued at around £3million in early 2014, was one of the few highlights of a terrible season for Betis holding their own against Real Madrid.

“It’s very comprehensive, a real physical marvel and extremely technical,” Los Verdiblancos said teammate Joan Verdu once about Igiebor.

The all-action midfielder eventually returned to Israel after a couple of seasons in Spain and never really found the form Everton, Fulham and the Baggies have enjoyed.

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