GHANAsoccernet.com’s Patrick Akoto looks at the best 10 signings in the Ghana Premier League off-season window.
Richard Mpong (Asante Kotoko)
Richard Mpong was the pulse of Medeama last season and since he shot into the limelight, local fans have been forced to stand up and take notice of his talent.
The promising winger was consistently linked with a move to his boyhood club until the deal was finally struck on the transfer day deadline following weeks of intense speculations.
The first thing many have noticed about the ex-Under -23 star is his heretical sprints and his equally troublesome runs that can threaten the defense of any team. He has some underrated pace which troubles many defenders.
His technique and skills has caught on well with fans and will emerge as one the best buy of the transfer period and should slot into the Kotoko set-up nicely.
Sadick Adams (Berekum Chelsea)
The former Ghana U17 star has returned to the local scene with a huge bang. The acquisition of the highly-rated striker is undoubtedly the biggest deal for the 2010 Ghanaian League Champions.
Adams is a creative player with a technique and vision that allows him to do anything with the ball. He was touted as one of the best in his generation during the Fifa Under-17 World Cup in 2007.
The former Etoile Sportive Du Sahel player is a tricky customer with a good turn of pace and an unrivaled delivery turned into hatful of goals. If fully fit, he should give defenders some amount of headache.
Rashid Sumaila (Asante Kotoko)
The highly-rated defender joined the ranks of the Porcupine Warriors on a season-long loan following riveting performances for Ebusua Dwarfs last term. The 21-year-old showed tremendous promise and so it was no surprise when the biggest club in Ghana came calling.
He is a well composed defender whose ability to take on prisoners is not in doubt. Following the departure of Awal Mohammed, Sumaila has got some big boots to fill but should not be afraid for the challenges ahead.
He once again underlined his potential when he marked his senior debut for Ghana during a friendly against Liberia.
Latif Salifu (Berekum Chelsea)
The diminutive attacker is one of the rising stars to have emerged from the local scene. He put up some cracking performances for Liberty which forced Chelsea to fork out thousands of dollars to secure his services.
The former World Under-20 World Cup winner is an out-an-out striker whose quick feet and trickery will cause several problems for many this season.
Louis Agyemang (Ashantigold)
Medeama’s leading marksman has found a new home in Obuasi where he is expected to bring proficiency upfront.
He has an impressive work rate and will cause problems for many defenders in the country’s top-flight league.
The former Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak man is a technically gifted player, blessed with a tremendous all-round technique.
The 27-year-old will prove to be the cornerstone for coach Yaw Acheampong team.
Eric Bekoe (Chelsea)
Eric Bekoe’s move to Berekum Chelsea can only be described as dramatic. The 25-year-old saw his hugely publicized move to Kotoko collapsed at the eleventh hour over contractual disagreements.
But the 2010 Ghanaian champions completed a massive coup for the services of the highly-explosive attacker on Tuesday afternoon.
Bekoe combines deadly finishing with a fabulous array of skills that will put defenders on their toes.
If fully fits, the former Heart of Lions and Liberty Professionals man can be a dangerous threat to any team this season. One good buy for the Blues.
Yahaya Mohammed (Amidaus Professionals)
A classic Amidaus Professionals value buy that has the potential to be an extremely savvy signing. The Kotoko reject could as well come back to haunt them this season.
He was farmed out to the newly promoted, not for footballing reasons, but on matters off the pitch.
The former OGC Nice player is undoubtedly one of the intelligent midfielders on the local scene and when fully fit can make ‘nonsense’ of any game plan of any team.
The 24-year-old can add more steel to the midfield of the Harbour-based side in their debut season in the Ghana Premier League.
Seth Owusu (Hearts of Oak)
A natural left-footer who can score from set-pieces is surely one of the best purchases for the phobia family.
The former US Chivas defender will be seen as one of the major signings for Hearts as he gives the team invaluable experienced and security in defense.
He joined Hearts during the transfer window after impressing beyond the roof top for Medeama.
He has been influential in the off-season. Great asset for Hearts in 2012/13 season.
Having been linked with a re-union with his childhood club, Jonathan Quartey finally sealed the move to Ashantigold where he is expected to form an incredible partnership with fellow recruit Prince Anokye at the heart of defence.
Quartey has returned to the country after a difficult spell abroad but should be able to bring his rich vein of experience to bear on the team.
His commanding presence in defense remains the biggest asset of the former Ghana Under-17 star.
Bismark Asiedu (Medeama)
A well rounded player who prefers to operate behind the final third. The uber-talented player joins from Ebusua Dwarfs where he had captained the side for the past three seasons.
The University graduate will be keen to show off his rocket in a Mauves and Yellows shirt in the upcoming season.
He is strong character with an incredible leadership qualities and fans of the Tarkwa-based side could be assured of a different season.