Torino signing midfield partners for Afriyie Acquah

Soccer News of Monday, 6 July 2015


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Having secured the signing of Afriyie Acquah last month, Torino are intent on continuing to bolster their midfield during the transfer window.

The sleeping giants of Italian football acquired the Ghana international on June 19. Having spent last season on loan in Serie A at Parma and then Sampdoria, he completed a permanent move back to Italy from German side Hoffenheim.

As well as starring in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations—where he established himself in Avram Grant’s midfield alongside Wakaso Mubarak—the former Palermo man made 24 appearances in the Italian top flight last term, scoring once.

He has already been joined at the Granata by Nigeria midfielder Joel Obi.

The deep-lying playmaker previously featured for Inter Milan, and had been eyed by Carpi, before Torino stole in to secure the Super Eagle’s signature last week.

While Acquah is a powerful, driving presence, Obi—who can play right across the midfield—and could prove to be an excellent, technical foil for the Black Star.

Another player eyed by Torino, according to Tutto Mercato Web, is Albin Ekdal. The Sweden international might represent competition for Acquah, as he regularly featured in the centre for Cagliari last season, alongside Ghanaian midfielder Godfred Donsah, However, Ekdal can also feature on either flank.

Torino can also call upon the likes of Alessandro Gazzi, Alex Farnerud (currently injured) and Marco Benassi, and should be well-stocked in the heart of the park next term.