There is a report coming out of Sky Sports that Newcastle may be interested in Ghana central defensive midfielder Anthony Annan.
Anthony Annan – Newcastle interested?
The Accra born player will turn 24 next Wednesday so he certainly is the right age, and he currently plays at Rosenborg BK in Norway, where he’s been since 2008. Rosenborg paid £1.2M for the player from his former Norwegian club Start.
A local Newcastle blog, created by one of our former readers, Doocey (a smashing lad by the way), has reported that Sky News is indeed saying Newcastle are interested in the player.
Annan has played over 40 times for Rosenborg, and had a trial at Blackburn Rovers in August of 2008, under then manager Paul Ince, who was said to be impressed by the player – but Annan was not signed by the Lancashire club.
Annan’s claim to fame is that he deputized for injured Essian in this year’s World Cup and looked very impressive, to say the least. The fact that Michael Essien was hardly missed by Ghana, who oh so nearly became the first African country to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup, says a lot for this young player.
He is nicknamed Pablo Aimar, in comparison to the Argentine national midfield superstar, who we thought Newcastle had signed back in the summer of 2008 – but we were wrong – again. 😀
Annan is quite small at 5’7″, but has tremendous physical power, and we’re sure some of the African players on display in South Africa, especially those from Ghana, will be attracting interest from English clubs, because they played so very well in South Africa.
Anthony has played 41 times for Ghana with one goal.
We have no idea if this report is true, but the report suggests Newcastle have already bid around £5M for the player, which seems about right, but there’s no doubt the lad is an excellent player and we hope there is some truth in this report.
Written from Plymouth, England.