An exclusive has claimed that Newcastle want to sign Afriyie Acquah.
The 25 year old defensive midfielder currently plays for Torino, who finished ninth in Serie A this past season.
The player having also played for Palermo, Parma and Sampdoria in the Italian top tier, with in amongst that a move to Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga not working out, with Afriyie Acquah not playing a single game at the German club.
Acquah featured in 29 of Torino’s 38 Serie A matches last season but only 20 this time around, starting 13 league matches but starting on the bench 17 times.
Despite this, Ghana Soccer Net claim in an exclusive that both Newcastle and Juventus are interesting in signing the defensive midfielder this summer.
A move to Juventus looks a little unlikely, with the Italian champions having Champions League cash to spend on targeting major signings, plus of course they can offer CL football, as well as potentially the chance to play for the reigning Champions League holders – if they beat Real Madrid. Another complication, even if Juventus were interested, is that it would mean Torino selling a player to their city rivals.
If there is substance in the story, the fact Afriyie Acquah isn’t a guaranteed first team regular at Torino doesn’t necessarily mean he couldn’t do a job for Newcastle in the Premier League.
The player sounds very similar to Cheick Tiote and the Ivory Coast international was a big hit in his first few years on Tyneside, even though he only started 10 league matches for FC Twente in the season before he joined Newcastle.
Afriyie Acquah is an international teammate of Christian Atsu and unlike the winger, was named in the latest Ghana Squad.
They have an African Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia is on 11 June, with then friendlies against Mexico on 28 June and USA on 1 July – that last game only two days before Newcastle begin pre-season training.
There does appear to be a bit of a Ghanaian theme running through a number of transfer rumours surrounding Newcastle, with another international teammate of Atsu’s, Frank Acheampong, linked with NUFC at the weekend. He is a winger who currently plays for Anderlecht and is a former teammate of Mbemba and Mitrovic.
The reports claim that the midfielder has an £8 million valuation, which of course would make him easily affordable for Newcastle, with wages surely not a problem either if Rafa Benitez did make a move.