Genk successfully hijacked Anderlecht’s attempt to sign Valmiera on loan striker, Toluwalase Arokodare from French division two side, Amiens on the transfer deadline day, January 31, 2023.

Toluwalase travelled to Brussels on Tuesday for his medical tests with Anderlecht, with nothing seemed to stand in the way of the transfer, the Nigerian forward was almost certain of putting pen to paper with the ‘purple and white team’.

Closely followed by Anderlecht’s media team, Toluwalase passed his medical with the Brussels based team. Moments after passing his medical with Anderlecht, the 1.97m striker got into the car and drove to Genk.

With Genk letting their top striker, Paul Onuachu join English Premier League side, Southampton, the ‘Blue and White’ team wasted no time in offering the 22-year-old a contract.

Toluwalase, who has netted eight times and provided two assists for Amiens, reportedly agreed to a four-and-a-half year contract with Genk, in a deal worth €5 million.

“Despite his height, he is very agile, fast in the first meters and strong with his head”, Sporting director, Dimitri de Condé explains the choice for the new Genk striker.

“Tolu is already showing flashes of its class today. In addition, there is also a lot of stretch. Under the wings of our technical staff, he will be able to take major steps forward in the coming years. We have proven with several other young talents that KRC Genk is the ideal environment for this.” Dimitri concluded.

He will miss tonight’s away Jupiler League game against Eupen. Genk also completed the sale of Mika Godts (17) to Ajax and eventually waived the arrival of KV Mechelen midfielder Dries Wouters, who would come for Jong Genk.

Photo credit – Patrick Smets.