Transfer News: Hearts of Oak planning marquee signings for next season to stage massive African return
Ghana giants Accra Hearts of Oak are plotting to sign big-name local players to favourably compete for domestic and continental success.
Hearts bigwig Togbe Afede XIV wants to revamp the capital club to turn around the fortunes of the club and has already tasked an underground recruitment team to bring in quality footballers.
According to reports circulating in the press, Aduana Stars full-back Godfred Saka has agreed in principle to join Hearts if he does not secure a move abroad. The Phobians have revived their interest in the defender after failing to sign him last season.
Saka has been linked with a move to South African side Orlando Pirates but would head to Hearts if the move falls through.
Medeama SC have already warn Hearts to stay clear of shot-stopper Muntari Tagoe if they are not ready to offer a whopping $300,000 sum for him. But, that doesn’t mean they would back off. Hearts are prepared to test the Tarkwa-based side with another offer.
Hearts’ technical bench consider former Ghana international Philemon McCarthy as the only befitting shot-stopper in their folds and if they fail to secure Tagoe from Medeama, they will try to sign 2013 Ghana U20 FIFA World Cup hero Eric Ofori Antwi from Amidaus Professionals.
While in Medeama’s camp, the former African champions are also monitoring the situation of the exciting Kwame Boahene who could leave Medeama at the end of the current season. Hearts came close to signing the gifted attacker two seasons ago from Liberty Professionals before he joined Medeama.
More interestingly, reports on Asempa FM have been linking Bechem United striker Augustine Okrah to the 20-time Ghanaian champions.
Okrah who won the Ghanaian Sports Writers’ Best Player of the season is billed for trials in Italy at the end of the season but reports claim he would join Hearts if he failed to secure a deal in Europe despite admitting his boyhood affection for Hearts’ biggest rivals Asante Kotoko.
The young striker was offloaded by Kotoko two seasons ago but he headed to Bechem and is on course to winning the Ghana Premier League Golden Shoe Award.