Anthony Annan joins Stabaek IK in Norway

Ghana midfielder Anthony Annan has returned to former club Stabaek IF from German outfit 1860 Munich until end of the season as a free agent.

The 29-year-old was linked to several clubs last week including English side Everton but opted for the Norwegian team after a meeting with club chairman Espen Moe and manager Bob Bradley.

He becomes the third Ghanaian player at the club after Ernest Asante and Kamal Issah who joined the team this season.

Annan previously had a loan spell at Stabæk from IK Start, during which they won the Tippeligaen title in 2008. He further played for another Norwegian club Rosenborg BK, winning two titles.

“Stabæk and Anthony Annan have agreed a deal until the end of the season,” sporting director Inge Andre Olsen said on their official website.

“Stabæk received the required dispensation from the Norwegian Football Association to get players outside the transfer window who are free agents. Now, Annan only lacks work and residence permit before the Ghanaian can play for us.”

He added: He is a former hero who is now returning and we are very happy that this went okay. Anthony [Annan] is clean, and we hope he can come in and contribute from day one.”

Stabaek are currently second on the Tippeligaen log with 44 points, eight points adrift of leaders Rosenborg after 22 matches.

Annan who has been capped 67 times for Ghana with two goals has previously had stints with Rosenborg, Osasuna, HJK Helsinki, Vitesse Arnhem, Schalke 04.