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.
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?