Wakaso heads back to Portugal

25-year-old defensive midfielder and former Rio Ave player Alhassan Wakaso has joined Vitoria Guimarães on a 3-year deal from Lorient in a deal that will keep him at the club until 2019.

He was signed by Lorient from Rio Ave for €1.5 million but could not stop the team from going down and being relegated from top flight football.

Guimaraes offered to sign on loan with an option of a buy in the summer but the French club who have lost Benjamin Moukandjo and are on the verge of losing Majeed Waris said they will not sanction the move an outright but at their own demand.

According to reports, Everton also made a last-minute loan bid but Lorient demanded an outright sell-out for the midfielder.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Wakaso, who is the younger brother of Ghana international Mubarak Wakaso, says he is excited and ready to help the club to win major honours.

“I’m very happy I’m in Vitoria Guimaraes. It is a very good club and a very big club and I am here to achieve something for the team, to make the team big and it is going to be good for me too.

“I’m here to fight for the team and fight for the fans.”

He made 13 appearances for Lorient last season.

By David Tei|TV3||Ghana

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