Akaminko’s move to Real Salt Lake falls through

Ghana defender Jerry Akaminko has failed to land a deal with Major League Soccer side Real Salt Lake, the general manager of the club, Craig Waibel, has revealed.

The former Heart of Lions centre-back had been on a two-week trail with the American outfit since departing Turkish side Eskisehirspor last month, going ahead to feature in trial games.

“We couldn’t agree terms,” Waibel was quoted as saying by Salt Lake Tribune.

“We definitely wanted him and he definitely had a lot of interest being here but in the end, MLS contracts are interesting, especially on the world market for players like him. There were terms in the contract that we just couldn’t get to.

“We thought Akaminko was good. He really enjoyed being with us. It’s just a bummer that we thought we’re going to get it all worked out, but we couldn’t.”

The Royals may have failed to secure the services of the Ghanaian but the club are not giving up on strengthening their defence ahead of kick-off of the MLS season in March.

Waibel added: “It’s disappointing, but the good news is, we’ve already found three very good players.

“Unfortunately, now, we’re at the number three, not the number two. But we’re confident. We found three guys we really enjoyed. We’ll find a fourth.”

Following his days with Lions in the Ghana Premier League where he was nominated for the Defender of the Season accolade in 2008, Akaminko joined Turkish side Orduspor with whom he spent three seasons.

He then transferred to fellow Turkish side Manisaspor in 2011, joining Eskisehirspor the following year.

The 27-year-old has 10 national caps for Ghana.

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