Football Ghana are claiming that a “leading source” at Newcastle has expressed that the club are interested in signing defensive midfielder Afriyie Acquah from Empoli.
Newcastle were linked with this player two summers ago when he was at Torino and were even said to be considering a swap deal involving Aleksandar Mitrovic for him.
This is what is stated in the report:
Newcastle United have expressed interest in signing Ghanaian midfielder Afriyie Acquah in the on-going summer transfer window, according to a leading source at St James Park.
Footballghana.com understands that Steve Bruce has asked for time to consider the interest of the departing Rafa Benitez group in the player and a decision on bidding for the 27-year could be finalised next week.
They are reporting that this player was a target of Rafa Benitez and will now be considered by Steve Bruce. That seems like a very tenuous link to us.
Afriyie Acquah– strong link to player in 2017
The twenty-seven-year-old Ghanaian left Torino to join Empoli for just €1m last summer. He played 28 times for the Serie A club last season.
He has also been capped 33 times for his national team.
We are not sure about this link as it seems that it went cold a few years ago. Since he moved to Empoli last summer for just €1m, that would have been a good time for Newcastle to go for him if there was genuine interest.
The report says the Acquah could be bought now for a fee of less than £5m.
As it stands now, Newcastle will be looking for defensive midfield cover. It remains to be seen if Isaac Hayden will be leaving the club but the best scenario is that we do keep hold of him.
Though Acquah might be seen as a replacement for Mo Diame who left on a free this summer to Qatari club Al Ahli. If Hayden does leave we will need to make sure he is replaced with a quality player.