Asante Kotoko will in the coming days table a bid to sign Hearts of Oak’s leading striker Mahatma Otoo, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.
In what will certainly be the biggest transfer move in Ghana this post-season, the Premier League champions are looking to snatch the profound jewel of their arch rivals as they look to mount a serious assault in the next edition of the Caf Champions League.
Executive Board Chairman Dr. K.K Sarpong in confirming the news gathered exclusively by GHANAsoccernet.com says he is looking to assemble the best possible team for next season and sees the 20-year-old as a huge piece in an intended ‘Galactico’ era next season.
“I have had initial discussions with officials of Hearts and have thus instructed my office to write to the club over the signing of Mahatma Otoo,” he told GHANAsoccernet.com.
“I have spoken to my coaches and they believe he (Otoo) will be a good addition to the kind of team we want to raise for next season.”
Dr. Sarpong cooled talks on what will certainly be distasteful news to the Phobian following saying many other players have managed to crossed carpets in the past from both camps and is only trying to redefine the transfer market.
“There are a lot of players who have joined Kotoko from Hearts before and vice versa so it is not a big deal at all.” He adds.
“I am going to Africa and only interested in assembling the best team for the campaign, hence the interest in signing Otoo.
“I saw him against us in Kumasi (where he scored a terrific free kick) and I thought he will be a good player for us therefore our decision to go in for him.”
Asked whether Kotoko is financially fortified enough to go in for such a player from Hearts, Dr. Sarpong responded: “He plays in Ghana not abroad and therefore we are talking about a local transfer which I believe is not outside the purview of Kotoko.
“We will make a bid and then talk to Hearts to see whether an agreement can be reached while also being mindful of the estimated cost of the player.”
Otoo who emerged Ghana’s top goal scorer in the gold winning Black Meteors’ team at the 2011 All Africa Games have been consistently linked to join several clubs outside Ghana.
He will thus become the second player with ties with Hearts of Oak within a space of two days to have induced an official bid from the Kumasi-based club.
Pure Joy’s exciting forward Uriah Asante is almost certain to join the Porcupine Warriors after his loan spell with Hearts expired at the end of the last campaign.