Newcastle Move In For Anderlecht Winger


Newcastle were first linked with 22 year-old Ghanaian youngster Frank Acheampong in early March this year, before Rafa Benitez came in and tried to save the Magpies from relegation.

And Rafa must be impressed with the youngster as there is a  report in Africa Top Sports today that Newcastle United are one of the clubs trying to sign the 22 year-old classy winger.

Acheampong is at Anderlecht and Newcastle signed two of their players last summer in Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba, so Frank could be the third signing from Anderlecht in a year – assuming this report is true and Newcastle can do a deal.

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Anderlecht’s 22 year-old winger Frank Acheampong

Rafa Benitez seems to be spreading the Newcastle net wide this summer in terms of players he’s after and we have so far signed a goalkeeper, right back, right winger, striker and right back and now maybe a left winger.

Maybe he can sign a full side this summer with Newcastle currently in hot pursuit of center-back Grant Hanley, although Newcastle’s patience may be running low with Blackburn Rovers who have already turned down two bids from the Magpies.

Acheampong moved to the Belgium club in January, 2013 on loan through the end of  that season from Thai Premier League side Buriram United.

In April of 2013 Acheampong signed permanently for the Belgian champions for a fee of €1M and the winger made his first appearance for Anderlecht in April against KSC Lokeren as a late second half substitute

Acheampong is a skillful left winger who had a very good season for Anderlecht and in 38 total appearances for them he scored 9 goals and has 6 assists.

Since joining Anderlecht he has played a total of 118 games with 16 goals and 16 assists.

He made his debut for Ghana in August 2012 in the international friendly against China PR in Xi’an and was in the starting line-up in the 1-1 draw.

But he has played only 9 times with 2 goals for his country – so far.

There has been great interest in the 5ft 6ins winger this summer and recently his agent Olivier Konig said the following about his client:

“Frank is very happy at Anderlecht and has a contract until 2019. So there is still nothing concrete at the moment.”

Frank has a contract at Anderlecht that runs for another three years and there is no estimate of how much he would cost.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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6 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Jul 14, 2016 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #1

    In Rafa we trust!!!

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 14, 2016 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #2

    That’s about 200th player we’ve been linked with now, how about Barnetta we haven’t heard about him for a while.

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  • jimmysmith

    Jul 14, 2016 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #3

    I suppose Benitez, Carr and Charnley are looking at a lot of players at CB and also fullback and wing, maybe another striker, because although ideally Newcastle might want to keep their better players, that is obviously going to be tough.

    Players like Sissoko, Widjnaldum, Janmaat, and Krul, all in their mid twenties and capable of playing at the top level, will realise that even if Benitez succeeds at Newcastle it’ll take 3 to 4 seasons, which is a big chunk out of a players prime, and so really you’d have to be incredibly loyal to stay, and Newcastle may have to offer better terms to have any realistic chance if they do indeed want to keep them.

    It’s not great for us if they do go though, despite the money we’d get, because without them we would be a far less intimidating proposition for opposing sides, who are going to be massively up for it against us.

    We might then have more money to replace them adequately once promoted, but without them the already challenging primary goal of getting promoted will become that much harder again.

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 14, 2016 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #4

    If you are still there Belfast, I have a dear friend in Nigeria whose late uncle was the Minister for Transport, apparently he left his nephew the budget for a new road that was never built and now the nephew needs a European bank account to hold the money in for a few months, it’s about £3m and he will leave £100k to you if you just look after the money for a while. He just needs your account details to transfer the money and of course a copy of your passport so he knows it’s a genuine account. I’ll get the link for you…what’s your email?

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  • giimps

    Jul 15, 2016 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #5

    Welsh,
    Barnetta is still in the jesmond dens hotel waiting on his medical

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  • giimps

    Jul 15, 2016 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #6

    Jesmond dene that should be

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